Liverpool city region train operator Merseyrails says it will be ‘actively engaging’ with passengers from Monday to ensure face covering are worn. Tony McDonough reports
Train operator Merseyrail says it will be “actively engaging” with passengers from Monday as new Government rules about the wearing of face coverings comes into force.
In order to minimise the risk of the spread of coronavirus, people travelling on public transport across the UK will be required to wear masks or face coverings from Monday, June 15.
Merseyrail says it will be engaging with passengers to ensure that they are aware of the changes which have been brought in to ensure that those making necessary journeys, can do so with confidence in situations where social distancing may not always be possible.
Two studies in the last few days have reinforced the view that the wearing of face coverings can reduce the spread of COVID-19. One study from Germany estimated it could cut infections by up to 40%.
In line with Government guidance, some passengers who have medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from wearing a face covering will be able to travel on trains and buses without needing to wear one.
Merseyrail is also reminding passengers that the government guidance remains to work from home if they can and to avoid making any unnecessary journeys. Managing director Andy Heath said: “As the Government announced last week, from Monday, June 15, passengers on our network must wear face coverings.
“Wearing face coverings at our stations and on our trains will help to ensure that those who need to use them can do so with confidence. The use of face coverings will boost the other measures we have put in place to keep our customers and staff safe, including enhanced cleaning regimes, clear guidance, and marshals at busier stations.
“We will be actively engaging with our passengers as they travel around the network next week, to ensure they are aware of the new rules and that they are following them. I would ask the people of the Liverpool city region to continue to support us, as they have throughout this pandemic, by only traveling by train where necessary and wearing a face covering when they do.”