London leads the way as more cities make masks compulsory on transport in England

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ities across England have joined London in making masks compulsory on transport services after Freedom Day in a revolt against Boris Johnson.

Mayors across England have hit out against the government’s decision and joined the capital in keeping mask wearing compulsory in areas of local transport under their control.

  • Greater Manchester
  • Liverpool City Region
  • West of England
  • North of Tyne
  • South Yorkshire
  • West Yorkshire

From Monday, face coverings will become a condition of carriage on the London Underground, trains and buses, Greater Manchester Metrolink trams and Tyne and Wear Metro.

They must also be worn in bus stations in West and South Yorkshire.

But mayors warned that without a continued national mandate there would be a “ridiculous mismatch” of rules across the country that will be “confusing” for passengers when measures are eased on Monday.

For example, masks will not be mandatory on local buses or mainline trains because the leaders do not have control over them.

One exception is London, where bus passengers will be required to wear coverings since TfL is overseen by the city’s mayor.

Mr Johnson has faced calls to stage a U-turn over the decision, with transport secretary Grant Shapps backing Mr Khan.

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said mayors wanted to see a “return to a more normal life” but this needed to be done “safely”, with masks helping to protect people in enclosed environments.

South Yorkshire Mayor Dan Jarvis chimed: “The mixed messages from the government risks making public transport a no-go area , both for the vulnerable and for our young people who haven’t yet had both vaccinations.”

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