This is how many times people have been fined for not wearing a mask on public transport

Police chiefs have revealed the number of fines handed out to people not wearing face coverings on public transport.

Tuesday, 14th July 2020, 6:00 am

It is the first time the data has been made available since it became mandatory to wear them on public transport on June 15.

It comes as amid mounting speculation that the Government will make face coverings mandatory in shops.

Figures from the National Police Chiefs' Council revealed that between June 15 - 22 (the latest period available), ten fines were issued across England and Wales to people not wearing face coverings.

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Passengers wear masks at Leeds Station (photo: Danny Lawson / PA Wire).

All fines were issued by British Transport Police.

National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for Charging and Out of Court Disposals, DCC Sara Glen said: “Wearing face masks on public transport will now be an essential part of our journey – just like you would check for your wallet and keys before leaving the house, please ensure that you have a face mask on your check-list before leaving home. This will help in limiting the spread of the virus, and will help to avoid future local lockdowns.

“Transport staff will be reminding and prompting the public. Signage is in place across all services to make sure we all follow the rules.

“Staff may restrict boarding if masks are not worn – they are doing their jobs, and are working hard to make sure we are as safe as we can be. Any abuse towards them is unacceptable and police may be contacted.”

Data has also been released on fines issued relating to the requirement to quarantine following international travel.

Up to the 22 June, no fines were issued by territorial forces in England and Wales for breaches of this requirement.

DCC Glen added: “Enforcement of this regulation is important in reducing the spread of infection and to enable effective contact track and trace processes to take place. We are grateful to the public for following these measures.

“At the first stage, quarantine contact will happen via public health officials. Police forces will be contacted for further investigation if there is a concern that someone isn’t sticking to the rules. We will make visits to the nominated address given by a passenger and if we are satisfied that the rules are being adhered to, the matter can then be resolved.”