Passengers on trains entering Wales from England will need to wear face coverings, confirms Mark Drakeford


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Posted: Thu Jul 15, 2021

People traveling to Wales from England on public transport will need to wear a mask when crossing the border, said Mark Drakeford.

The Welsh government has confirmed that face covering will continue to be mandatory in public transport, taxis, health and social care facilities and most indoor public places, at a minimum “as long as the coronavirus remains a threat for public health ”.

The UK government is removing the legal requirement to wear a face cover on public transport in England from Monday.

Commuters in England are “advised” to wear face coverings on public transport and take “personal responsibility”.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast earlier today, the Prime Minister said Wales law would require rail passengers to wear face coverings when traveling.

“Those who run the transport system will make sure people know that when they enter Wales different rules apply. “

“When you travel to Wales by road you now see signs saying ‘Welsh rules apply’ which will also be true on trains and other means of transport.

“I hope people will heed the clear advice from a Prime Minister in England that they should continue to wear face coverings on public transport here in Wales, although the rule is clear. It is not just advice, it is what the law will require.

Transport to Wales said : “We will also continue to require passengers to wear face coverings on Transport for Wales services who have part, or all, of their trip to England. “

“The risk of catching Covid-19 on public transport remains low and we would like to thank customers for helping to keep themselves, other passengers and our staff safe by following this advice. “

Wales will move to full alert on a Saturday, most restrictions currently in place will be lifted on 7 August when Wales moves to zero alert ‘if it can be done safely’.

Changes were put on hold four weeks ago due to the emergence and spread of the delta variant across the UK and to allow more people to get vaccinated in Wales.

There will be further changes to the away rules as Wales take the first steps towards a new zero alert level.

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