Thousands of commuters were prevented from boarding London buses over the weekend, due to not wearing sufficient face coverings.
Since June 15, it has been compulsory for anyone using public transport in the UK to wear face coverings, except, of course, very young children, disabled people, and anyone with breathing difficulties. But not everyone has adhered to the rules, meaning they have been prevented from travelling. As things stand, they also risk being fined £100 for not wearing a mask.
Transport for London released a new statement on Facebook earlier this week, reminding the public of the rules for travelling on all TfL services.
Over the weekend (July 4-5), TfL had over 200 operational officers and police stationed at bus stops around the city to ensure passengers were wearing face masks. However, according to My London, of the estimated 3,000 people that were stopped, none of them received a fine, despite officials having the power to hand them out. The focus, rather, was on turning people away, issuing new masks, or correcting the public on how to wear theirs before boarding.