Mayor of Greater Manchester to make face coverings mandatory on UK’s largest light rail system

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has announced that passengers on Metrolink – the UK’s largest light rail network – will have to continue to wear a face-covering unless exempt when government restrictions are lifted, to provide reassurance and protect the most vulnerable.

The announcement comes ahead of the removal of legal measures imposed by the government on Monday 19 July, which mandate the wearing of a face covering on all public transport in England.

The new rules will be implemented from next Monday, following the Mayor’s decision to contact Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to request they amend the Conditions of Carriage on Metrolink. Failure to comply with the new Conditions of Carriage could see passengers refused travel, escorted off Metrolink services - or facing a fine of up to £100. Passengers using bus stations and interchanges will also be required to wear face coverings unless exempt.

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