London Underground: TfL throws 125 bus and train passengers in 1 day so they don’t wear masks
Transport for London threw 125 passengers off buses and trains to not wear masks on the first day it became mandatory again.
Fines of up to £ 200 were also imposed on 152 people on Tuesday November 30, the London transport operator said.
Face covers have been reintroduced amid growing concerns over the Omicron variant of Covid-19.
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TfL said 127 other people were prevented from boarding or entering stations and staff reminded more than 5,100 passengers to cover their faces, the BBC reports.
The rule change means police and TfL officers can fine people who do not wear a mask on public transport, at a transport hub or in a shop £ 200 for their first offense.
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Teams of TfL law enforcement officers have scoured London to monitor those breaking the rules. They also patrolled buses, trams and DLR trains across the capital.
TfL had said people traveling on transport services were required to wear face masks after Covid’s legal restrictions were relaxed in mid-July, but it was not required by law as it had been earlier in the month. pandemic and is again now.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “Evidence shows that wearing a mask is the most effective public health measure to fight Covid.
“I welcome the government’s announcement that face coverings are now mandatory in shops and on public transport nationwide, as they are already on the TfL network. This is a measure that I have been calling for for a long time.
“With the proper enforcement powers, TfL will now be able to work with law enforcement partners and truly improve network compliance, the selfish few who refuse to wear a face cover face a fine,” rather than simply being denied access to transportation services. .
“TfL law enforcement officers will continue to monitor compliance across the network to ensure the safety of passengers and staff. “
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