Face masks rules: Do I still have to wear a mask on trains and public transport?

London Transport say face masks are still mandatory on their services (Image: SIPA USA/PA Images)

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From 19 July face masks are no longer required under law in England as Boris Johnson lifts various covid restrictions.

However, plenty of shops and supermarkets, including Aldi and Lidl are insisting customers still wear masks whilst in-store.

Social distancing measure have also been scrapped alongside the mask rules, so unlimited groups of people can meet unrestricted in bars, clubs and pubs.

Brits have been living under restriction for the past year, so a lifting of rules may come as a relief to some – but Boris is urging people to be cautious.

Speaking on video link from isolation, the Prime Minister urged the public, "Go forward tomorrow into the next step with all the right prudence and respect for other people and the risks that the disease continues to present."

With that in mind – what are the rules for public transport?

Do I have to wear a mask on trains?

Commuters at Westminster Underground station as England's lockdown rules ended
(Image: PA)

Sajid Javid confirmed that it would no longer be a legal requirement to wear masks on public transport from 19 July, as well as in enclosed spaces like shops.

This technically means that you don't have to wear a mask on public transport by law, however many companies are setting their own rules.

London Transport have issued a statement saying that face coverings are mandatory for the duration of travel on an of their services – from train, to bus to tube.

Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has said that masks will be required on the Metrolink tram.

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In general, local mayors don't have the power to make face coverings mandatory – although transport companies can do so at their own discretion.

Airlines including EasyJet and Ryanair have already said that passengers will have to wear masks on flights.

It should also be noted that these rules will only apply to England.

In Scotland face coverings are still needed on public transport – even after lockdown rules are lifted on August 9.

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