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London Omicron Live: Updates as new London Underground and supermarket rules take effect to curb spread of new super variant

Customers who refuse to wear a face covering on the TfL network risk a fine

The government has reintroduced national regulations making face covering compulsory on public transport and in stores from Tuesday, unless otherwise waived.

Face covering is mandatory on TfL services since June 2020

Transport for London (TfL) agents will continue to enforce the requirement, including the reintroduction of powers for TfL and the police to impose fines of £ 200 for early infractions, TfL said.

Health Minister Gillian Keegan said wearing the mask would depend on “the common sense of the British people”.

Asked how the new rules for wearing face coverings on public transport will be enforced, Ms Keegan told BBC Radio 4’s Today program: ‘Well, in large part thanks to the common sense of the British who , hopefully, will listen to the rules, try to protect themselves, and do the right thing.

She said the UK had not been “completely draconian” with law enforcement like some other countries, but said it would be up to retailers and transport workers to decide whether they have. need the help of the police.

“They will have to judge when to call the police or not,” she said.

Siwan Hayward, Director of Compliance, Policing, Operations and Security at TfL, said:

“Our enforcement officers and law enforcement partners will enforce this requirement, including denying access to our services and, with additional powers due to government regulation, imposing a financial penalty on those who refuse to comply. “