From July 19 the legal requirement to wear a mask in indoor public settings will be scrapped in favour of the public being free to make their own decisions.
Despite the easing of Covid restrictions later this month, which some have dubbed ‘Freedom Day’, businesses will be free to make their own decisions about health and safety measures going forward.
This means that you may still be asked to wear a face covering in certain settings, such as in shops or on public transport.
London’s transport chief has warned that enforcing masks to be worn on Tubes and buses will be a “shambles” if it is not a legal requirement after restrictions ease.
Cross-Channel train firm Eurostar and airlines such as British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair have said they will continue to require passengers to wear face coverings from July 19.
But train industry body the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) announced that all domestic train operators, such as Avanti West Coast, TransPennine Express and Southeastern, will be following the updated government advice.
A spokesperson for the Rail Delivery Group, which represents train companies across the UK, said: “Rail companies will ask people to follow the government guidance and, out of respect for others, wear face coverings if an indoor setting is busy.
“Train travel is low risk, with the majority of carriages well ventilated by air conditioning systems or by doors and windows.
“As restrictions lift, we will continue carrying out extra cleaning and providing better information about how busy services are, so that our passengers can travel with confidence.”
Similarly, the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT), which represents major bus and coach operators such as National Express and Megabus, announced that its members will not mandate the wearing of face coverings from Monday.
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A CPT spokesman said: “We expect that many people, especially in busy places, will follow the Prime Minister’s call to continue to wear a face covering as a courtesy to others.”
However, to confuse matters even more Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi told The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday: “The guidelines will be very clear on things like mask-wearing, there’s an expectation on people to wear masks indoors, in crowded places, on public transport.
“There’s both a personal responsibility and a corporate responsibility.”
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