Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London and the travel watchdogs have warned that removing the requirement to wear a face mask on the underground and on buses could backfire.
A spokesperson for Mr Khan told the Evening Standard: “When it comes to the continued wearing of face masks, it is important that we continue to follow the science as to the extent to which they limit transmission in women. transport and in busy indoor spaces.
“Evidence shows that wearing face masks gives many Londoners confidence that they can travel safely on public transport.
“People who are confident that they can travel on our subways, buses and trains as they get busier will be a key component in encouraging more people to travel to central London as restrictions are raised more, and this is something that we will continue to examine closely. “
Emma Gibson, director of London TravelWatch, which advocates for better travel in the capital, said: “Our weekly research shows that almost two-thirds of people say they will only use public transport in London if people wear face coverings.
“And over 40% said they would continue to wear a face covering on public transport, even if they were not required to.
“This shows that with social distancing, wearing face coverings is a very important factor for many people to feel safe on public transport. ”