Police officers are among the thousands of additional staff deployed as facewear is becoming mandatory in public transport in England.
Passengers caught failing to comply with the regulations that came into force on Monday run the risk of being fined £ 100 and withdrawn from traffic.
Hundreds of thousands of facewear will be distributed free to passengers at train stations across the country in the coming days.
Secretary of Transport Grant Shapps said remembering face-to-face travel should become part of people’s daily routines to slow the spread of Covid-19.
People with certain health problems, disabled people and children under the age of 11 do not have to carry.
More than 3,000 additional staff from the UK’s traffic police, Network Rail, train operators and Transport for London (TfL) will be deployed at key train stations and transport hubs to ensure that the new rules are followed.
The regulations fall under the Public Health Act of 1984 and make facewear compulsory for buses, coaches, trams, ferries, airplanes and trains in England.
More than two out of three respondents (67%) who were recently interviewed by Watchdog Transport Focus among more than 2,000 people stated that they would only like to use public transport if the passengers had to wear a face mask or protective cover.
Face coverings are not mandatory in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, but are recommended.
Face coverings can be a scarf, a piece of fabric or a mask.
The UK government says they are “only marginally beneficial as a precaution” and states that evidence suggests that face coverings do not protect the wearer, but may protect other people if he or she is infected.
According to official recommendations, surgical masks should be reserved for people who need them for protection while working, e.g. B. Medical staff.
The west coast of Avanti marked the introduction of the new rules by wrapping two of their Pendolino trains with face covers.
It has implemented a number of measures to improve safety and hygiene, including encouraging passengers to book seats in advance and using a powerful disinfectant to protect against viruses.
Avanti West Coast CEO Phil Whittingham said: “Nothing is more important than safety. That is why we have introduced these measures to give our customers the confidence to travel with us.
“We also need the help of our customers: please bring a face covering, buy your ticket in advance and avoid the busiest times if possible.”