Can I be fined for not wearing a face mask on public transport?

FACE masks have been mandatory on public transport since June 15 in England.

The government has now ramped up fines for traveling maskless that could cost repeat offenders up to £3,200.

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Could I be fined for not wearing a face mask on public transport?

The public will face fines if they don't wear a mask on public transport, Grant Shapps confirmed.

Announcing the tougher measures, he said: "We introduced mandatory face coverings on public transport to protect people and stop coronavirus spreading.

"I’m grateful to all those who have complied, and of course many people have legitimate reasons not to wear face coverings – but for those who aren’t exempt, there is no excuse.

"This new system will look to ensure everybody who is not exempt wears a face covering on public transport."

The rules apply on trains, tubes, buses, ferries and planes as well as inside railway stations, bus terminals, ports, airports and other transport hubs.

The on-the-spot fine for not wearing a mask will be £100 and will double with each offense up to £3,200.

The Transport Secretary insisted that people would be refused travel or would have to cough up if they disobey the rules.

British Transport Police will be enforcing the rules and will be on patrol to make sure people are wearing them.

A new nationwide advertising campaign has also been rolled out so everyone knows the new rules. 

The Department of Health said previously, after considering the latest scientific advice from SAGE, that face coverings can help reduce the spread of Covid-19.

They stressed that the evidence shows face coverings can stop you passing coronavirus on to others, if you are asymptomatic or have yet to develop symptoms.

How much will I be fined?

Anyone breaking lockdown rules currently faces a £100 to £3,200 fine depending on how often they've been caught flouting the mask rules.

This applies to everyone unless you are exempt.

Anyone breaking mandatory 14-day quarantines when coming into the UK will face a fine of up to £1000 too.

Priti Patel has confirmed there will be spot checks.

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The guidelines state that children under the age of three should not wear masks, nor should anyone who may find it difficult to manage them safely.

This includes primary age children and those with respiratory conditions.

The Government also warned that for face coverings to be effective, people must wash their hands before putting them on and taking them off.

Masks aren't necessary if you're outside, while exercising, at schools or in offices.

People with breathing difficulties or with young children will not have to wear masks.

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