British Transport Police warn they will enforce mask wearing as trains enter Wales
British Transport Police have warned passengers entering Wales from England that they will enforce rules on mask-wearing on public transport.
England’s ‘freedom day’ means that restrictions on mask-wearing and social distancing there have been lifted, while they will remain in place in Wales until at least the 7th of August.
It means that public transport passengers will be expected to put on masks as they cross the border into Wales.
“From today face-covering legislation is removed in England, so we no longer have involvement in policing the wearing of face coverings,” British Transport Police said.
“In Scotland and Wales, officers will continue to use the ‘4Es’ approach and, as a last resort, enforce any Coronavirus legal requirements.”
‘4Es’ is a reference to an approach based on ‘Engage. Explain. Encourage. Enforce’. First the police will try to engage with someone, explain how we think they are breaking the rules, and encourage them to change their behaviour to reduce the risk to public safety and health.
If people still do not follow the rules the police can then fine them. If someone continues to ignore the instructions, the police can arrest them if they think it is proportionate and necessary.
Passengers leaving England to go to Wales or Scotland could be hit with a fine of up to £60 if they refuse to mask up, even if they are riding in an empty carriage.
British Transport Police warned last week: “As our jurisdiction covers three countries our officers police different laws every day, including throughout the pandemic, and are used to dealing with any challenges this presents.”
Meanwhile, airlines have said that they will continue to enforce mask wearing for alll passengers.