People using public transport across Knowsley will be expected to wear face coverings from Monday 15 June. In addition, face masks must also be used in hospital settings including attending for out-patient appointments.
Face coverings will become mandatory from 15 June on all public transport to help reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus.
Exemptions will be made for very young children, the disabled and those with breathing difficulties.
Passengers can be refused travel and risk being fined if they don’t comply with the new regulations.
Rather than using surgical masks, passengers can simply cover their mouth and nose with a scarf or other breathable material, the Government has advised.
The move comes as come restrictions are starting to be lifted, including non-essential retailers being permitted to open on 15 June if social distancing conditions are met.
Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “In Knowsley, our advice is to continue to stay at home as much as possible to stop the spread of the virus. However, if you do need to go out to either attend a hospital setting or travel on public transport, please ensure that you wear a face mask. Remember to maintain social distancing at all times and continue to maintain a good hand hygiene routine – washing regularly with soap and water and/or using a hand sanitiser. We need to continue to take these steps to protect ourselves and others.”
More information about coronavirus can be found here.