By James Simons-
Londoners will still be required to wear masks on TfL services despite the easing of Plan B restrictions, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has confirmed.
After Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced today that working from home guidance would end immediately while remaining restrictions would be lifted from next week, Khan made it clear to Londoners they would still be required to still wear masks.
However, it will no longer be a legal requirement to wear a mask on public transport in the UK, face coverings will be a condition of carriage on TfL services as they were between July 19 and the introduction of Plan B measures.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has urged the government to “rethink their plans” on mandatory mask wearing so that the rules are “clear and consistent”.
Mr Khan said: “Wearing a face covering is one of the single most important and easiest things we can all do to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and the government should rethink their plans and keep legislation in place to make them mandatory on public transport as well as in shops and indoor public venues.”.
This ensures the rules are clear and consistent and crucially means enforcement action can continue to be carried out on our transport network.”
While face coverings are a condition of carriage, Londoners can be turned away from TfL services by one of the 500 enforcement officers across London’s transport network, but they will no longer face fines.
Turning Londoners away who don’t have masks on will be problematic since given the latest scrapping of its requirement by the prime minister today.
Many Londoners will not take notice of requirements for them to wear masks on public transports, but many still accustomed to them will continue with the routine, in order to benefit from the safety of other passengers wearing them. Cases have started to fall , but haven’t disappeared completely.
With the cold months still not out of season, the flu is still something many would want to avoid.