The Mayor of London has warned face masks will be the “norm” rather than the exception for the next year, this comes as face masks have been made compulsory since yesterday.
Sadiq Khan says Brits could have to wear face covering longer than expected for the next year, starting yesterday with strict new laws.
From yesterday, anyone not wearing a face covering on public transport could be fined £100 in England.
It has been reported by LBC news, the Mayor said: “This is part of the new normal.
“For the foreseeable future, I believe for the next year or so, wearing face coverings is going to become the norm rather than the exception.
“I was pleased when the PM accepted the need for us to wear face coverings on public transport, and make it mandatory.”
Mr Khan added wearing a face mask is “one of the most unselfish things you can do”.
More than 3,000 extra staff including police officers are being deployed at stations to ensure people comply with the new rules.
Passengers without a covering will be asked to wear one, or refused entry on board.
Those who repeatedly refuse will be subject to a penalty charge, reports Mirror Online.
The new rules apply to England and require anyone travelling by bus, coach, train, tram, Tube, ferry or plane to cover their face while on board.
They exclude school transport, though Uber and Addison Lee have both made face coverings compulsory for passengers and drivers.
The rules apply only while travelling – not while waiting – but the rail industry has asked people to cover their face as they enter a station.
People with certain health conditions, disabled people and children under the age of 11 are exempt from the rule.
As well as on transport, all hospital visitors and outpatients also have to wear masks.
The UK government changed its advice on face masks earlier this month, after it eased restrictions to get millions more people back to work.