World Health Organization updates guidelines on wearing masks

World Health Organization updates guidelines on wearing masks

World Health Organization updates guidelines on wearing masks

Of last night's new measures Sadiq Khan said: 'I encourage anyone travelling on public transport, or anywhere you can't keep a safe two-metre distance, to wear a face covering, but from Monday June 15, everyone must wear a covering over their nose and mouth for the entirety of any journeys made using the public transport network.

The UK largely followed the same line until the transport secretary, Grant Schapps, announced on Thursday that face masks on public transport would be compulsory in the UK, with fines for those who disobeyed.

Shapps said: "While respecting social distancing and maintaining good hand hygiene remain the most important steps we can all take to stay safe, wearing a face covering can play a role in helping us to protect each other".

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Volunteers will hand out extra masks at public transport stations.

In the new guidelines, face coverings must be worn on buses, trams, trains, coaches, aircraft and ferries.

While some countries and US states have recommended or mandated the wearing of face coverings in public, the World Health Organization had previously said there was not enough evidence for or against the use of masks for healthy people in the wider community.

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"TfL continues to work hard to maximise services despite staff being ill, shielding or self-isolating".

He listed these as public transport, in shops or in other confined or crowded environments.

People can buy face masks, so long as they are not surgical masks intended for hospitals and care workers, or make a face covering themselves.

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