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Face coverings to be mandatory on public transport in England

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Added On June 5, 2020

British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps made the announcement on Thursday. "And as passenger numbers increase, and we expect this trend to continue, we need to ensure every precaution is taken, on buses, trains, aircraft and ferries. With more people using transport, the evidence suggests that wearing a face covering offers some – albeit limited – protection against the spread of the virus. A face covering helps protect our fellow passengers. It is something that we can each do to help each other." Noting that this measure is for England, Shapps added he expects Scotland and Wales to introduce similar rules for rail passengers. Shapps said another 176 COVID-19 patients have died in Britain as of Wednesday, bringing the total coronavirus-related deaths in the country to nearly 40,000.