Face masks will be mandatory on public transport from June 15, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced.
Speaking at the daily Government coronavirus press briefing, Mr Shapps said the rule will come into force on the same day non-essential shops re-open.
The public will have to provide their own face coverings and operators will have the powers to enforce the new rule.
Mr Shapps emphasised that this meant “the kind of face covering you can easily make at home” and not surgical masks.
He added that there would be exemptions for “very young children, disabled people and those with breathing difficulties.”
The Government had already advised the public to wear a face covering in places where social distancing was not always possible, such as in shops and on buses or trains.
The World Health Organisation says “wearing a medical mask can limit the spread of certain respiratory viral diseases, including COVID-19” but that “the use of a mask alone is not sufficient to provide an adequate level of protection.
“Other measures such as physical distancing and hand hygiene should be adopted.”
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan had already been considering making masks mandatory on Transport for London services.
The announcement came hours after Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she will “strongly encourage people” to wear face coverings in shops but is still considering whether to make it mandatory.
— Courtesy LBC News.