The mayor of London has urged commuters to continue wearing face masks on the capital’s public transport network as cases of Covid continue to rise.
Some people were seen without masks on the London Underground on Monday morning while others continued to wear them.
Face masks no longer required by public transport law after remaining coronavirus restrictions lifted in England but are required as a “condition of carriage” on Transport for London services.
This means that law enforcement officers can deny access or eject passengers found to be non-compliant while using the TfL network.
Sadiq Khan estimated that more than 90% of people were following the rules when commuting to work on Monday.
“The vast majority of people wore masks,” Khan said
“If I could guess I would say north of 90% and what I think that shows is that people are continuing their good habits from the last few weeks.
“I am disappointed that this is no longer national legislation.
“The good news is that it seems like those who visit London are doing the right thing,” he added.
Lockdown rules in England: what changes from July 19
Do I always have to wear a face mask?
There is now no legal requirement to wear face coverings – but the guidelines still encourage the use of masks in certain settings, including hospitals, healthcare facilities and in crowded enclosed public spaces.
Has working from home changed?
Advice on working from home is gone. It is ultimately up to employers to decide whether to keep staff at home or in the office, but the government says employers are able to plan for the return of staff to the workplace.
What about weddings and funerals?
Current limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, funerals and other life events have ended.
What is happening in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland?
The changes to the Covid rules announced by Boris Johnson, only impact England and will not change the regulations in Northern Ireland, Wales or Scotland.
The Welsh government ‘would like to move forward together’ with other parts of the UK to lift restrictions on coronaviruses, but will only do so if it is ‘good for Wales’, said Health Minister Eluned Morgan on Monday July 5.
Since July 19, restrictions in Scotland have eased, with all parts of the country moving to level 0. The government aims to lift all major restrictions in Scotland by August 9.
In Northern Ireland, some important restrictions have already been relaxed, in particular by allowing the resumption of live music and the lifting of ceilings on gatherings organized in the open air.
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Speaking to ITV News, most commuters were happy to continue wearing masks, but frustrated that there were so many restrictions in place on ‘Freedom Day’.
“I’ll always wear one but I think it’s a little silly,” said a commuter.
“It’s not ‘freedom day’ because you always have to wear a mask and there are always rules in place,” said another.