Wearing a face covering will become compulsory on public transport in England from 15 June – the date when more lockdown restrictions are due to be eased. (Subscribe: https://bit.ly/C4_News_Subscribe)
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said as more people go back to work and non-essential shops start opening, face coverings would help protect fellow passengers – and fines could be imposed for anyone failing to comply.
In Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon said she was considering making face coverings mandatory on transport and in shops.
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Grant Shapps is a British politician who has served as Secretary of State for Transport since 2019. Shapps also has Cabinet responsibility for the Northern Powerhouse. A member of the Conservative Party, he has been the Member of Parliament for Welwyn Hatfield since the 2005 general election.
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