Sadiq Khan claims credit for Boris’ face mask plan -yet failed to make compulsory on Tubes

Sadiq Khan claims credit for Boris’ face mask plan -yet failed to make compulsory on Tubes

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced it will be compulsory to wear face masks on public transport from June 15 in England, during Thursday’s coronavirus press briefing. The news prompted Sadiq Khan to claim credit for the new rule, as he had been lobbying the Government on the matter for several weeks. But, some people have pointed out the London Mayor failed to make wearing face coverings compulsory on Transport for London, despite advocating their use

Mr Khan has repeatedly urged Londoners to wear face coverings to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Since April, the London Mayor has been lobbying the Government to change its advice on face masks and make wearing them compulsory across the UK.

Despite continually advocating that masks should be worn in public, especially when using public transport, Mr Khan never made wearing the covering compulsory in the capital.

But this didn’t stop Mr Khan from claiming victory over the new announcement.

Writing on social media, he said: “I’m pleased our lobbying has paid off and the Government has finally seen sense and made it mandatory for people to wear face coverings on public transport.

“This is something I and others have been calling on ministers to do for some time, and is in line with a large body of evidence that they can help stop the spread of coronavirus.

“I encourage anyone travelling on public transport, or anywhere you can’t keep a safe two-metre distance, to wear a face covering, but from Monday 15th June, everyone must wear a covering over their nose and mouth for the entirety of any journeys made using the public transport network.

“This will be mandatory and help everyone be safer.”

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Other people agreed, with one person writing on Twitter: “You should have made it mandatory for anyone operating public transport to wear them as soon as this started. You were just as lax in your judgement.”

Another person wrote in capital letters: “WHY DIDN’T YOU MAKE FACE COVERINGS MANDATORY ON THE TUBE AND TFL RAIL EARLIER THEN.”

Another said: “Once again the Mayor claims the credit for anything good that happens and deflects onto others, anything bad.

“This is not leadership in any shape or form.”

The new rule will make wearing face masks mandatory for anyone in England wanting to travel by bus, tube, train, ferry, or plane.

Commuters will be refused boarding if they are not wearing one, or be told to get off.

Mr Shapps also said those not complying with the new rule could be fined.

Published at Thu, 04 Jun 2020 16:47:00 +0000