To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing specific coaches on trains which require the wearing of masks during the covid-19 outbreak.
The success of vaccine deployment has put the United Kingdom in a strong position to ease restrictions. At Step 4, the Government will remove the vast majority of outstanding legal restrictions, including the requirement to wear face coverings. This marks a new phase in the pandemic response where people manage the risks to themselves and others as the country learns to live with the virus. The Government will provide guidance to the public and to businesses on how they can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate the risk of a resurgence. It is for individual train operating companies to decide how best to manage their services, including assessing proposals such as mask-only carriages.