Confusion as London Mayor orders face masks remain compulsory on Tubes and buses

Confusion as London Mayor orders face masks remain compulsory on Tubes and buses
Confusion as London Mayor orders face masks remain compulsory on Tubes and buses

Mask rules descended further into chaos today as London Mayor Sadiq Khan ordered face masks to remain compulsory on the Tube, buses and taxis - even though they are not required on trains from 'Freedom Day'.

Mr Khan has broken ranks by announcing the move in the capital despite the government binning all legal restrictions across England from Monday.

Pictures from across the capital today showed passengers and shoppers shunning masks on public transport and in stores as the public has received mixed messages over what is required in which space. 

However, Transport Secretary Grant Schapps played down the tensions this morning saying he had 'expected' operators to put in place 'conditions of carriage' to ensure that passengers were safe on public transport.

The increasingly confused situation means that passengers on trains in and out of London terminals will not need to wear masks during their journeys, but must while travelling around the city. 

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Unions have warned that the 'botched' approach to setting the rules will leave railway workers facing the threat of violence from angry customers. 

Mr Khan told BBC Breakfast that around 400 enforcement officers would be deployed to check people are still wearing masks in the capital.

'It's not perfect. [It] would have been better if national rules applied across the country to avoid any confusion,' he said.

'The government for their own reasons have decided not to do that.'

Asked about the lack of restrictions on services from outside the city, Mr Khan said: 'A number of services that come into London are not my responsibility. 'If you are in London, you need to follow the rules.'

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has ordered face masks to remain compulsory on the Tube, buses and taxis - even though they are not required on trains from 'Freedom Day'. Pictured: People not wearing masks on the Jubilee line this afternoon

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has ordered face masks to remain compulsory on the Tube, buses and taxis - even though they are not required on trains from 'Freedom Day'. Pictured: People not wearing masks on the Jubilee line this afternoon

To mask or not to mask: Some people not wearing face masks or coverings on Jubilee line trains in London this afternoon

To mask or not to mask: Some people not wearing face masks or coverings on Jubilee line trains in London this afternoon

People not wearing face masks in a Tesco supermarket, South London, ahead of the relaxation of the rules on Monday

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People not wearing face masks in a Tesco supermarket, South London, ahead of the relaxation of the rules on Monday

Pictured: People walk out of Grand Central in Birmingham ahead of the relaxation of Covid-19 measures next Monday

Pictured: People walk out of Grand Central in Birmingham ahead of the relaxation of Covid-19 measures next Monday 

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced that masks will stay compulsory on the Tube, buses and taxis in the capital - even though they are not required on trains elsewhere from 'Freedom Day'

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced that masks will stay compulsory on the Tube, buses and taxis in the capital - even though they are not required on trains elsewhere from 'Freedom Day'

The coronavirus restrictions which will be removed from July 19

The coronavirus restrictions which will be removed from July 19 

Mr Rees-Mogg said that fully-vaccinated people have already done their 'societal bit' and should have the 'individual decision' as to whether to wear a mask (pictured June 16)

Jacob Rees-Mogg will not be wearing a face covering at Parliament when the requirement is lifted (pictured July 12)

Mask on, mask off: Jacob Rees-Mogg (pictured left wearing a mask) says he will not be wearing a face covering at Parliament when the requirement is lifted (pictured right on July 12)

MPs who fail to wear masks at Parliament 'to be named and shamed' 

A union representing civil servants said it plans to 'name and shame' MPs who refuse to wear face coverings in Parliament once legal requirements are dropped next week.

FDA general secretary Dave Penman said he would be writing to MPs warning them that his union was willing to 'call out' those ditching their masks, even after coronavirus-related restrictions have been lifted on July 19.

The Prime Minister has

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