Cross-border train passengers warned: Wear a mask or get fined

Jul 8, 2021

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Conflicting rules across the devolved nations means U.K. passengers on cross-border trains will have to be mindful about wearing a mask as they enter Scotland — or risk getting fined.

Travellers on trains crossing into Wales, England and Scotland will encounter different rules about mask-wearing, with some riders going hundreds of miles without be required to wear a mask.

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But British Transport Police say anyone not wearing a mask once trains pass into Scotland from 19 July will be hit with a  fine of up to £60 if they refuse to mask up, even if they are riding in an empty carriage.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said once England’s restrictions ease later this month, face masks will become optional. A legal requirement to wear them on public transport will remain in place until at least August 9 north of the border, with authorities ready to enforce policies.

“As our jurisdiction covers three countries our officers police different laws every day, including throughout the pandemic, and are used to dealing with any challenges this presents,” said a representative for the British Transport Police.

Wales has yet to decide on its mask wearing protocols on cross-border trains.

As far as air travel, many U.K. airlines have already made clear that they have no intention to relax mask policies at this time. Travellers should expect to wear face masks on flights long past 19 July’s lifting of restrictions.

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