Inverclyde MSP supports British Transport Police to raise awareness of face covering rules on public transport

Stuart McMillan MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde supported the British Transport Police (BTP) in calling for people to respect their fellow passengers on trains and wear a face covering.

With a few limited health exceptions, face coverings are now mandatory on public transport, including train stations.

Commenting, Stuart said:

“In the wake of the First Minister tightening restrictions and pausing plans to open a number of sectors, it is more crucial than ever that we follow all the guidelines that are in place for our own safety. No one wants to wear a mask. We would all prefer not to have went through this pandemic.

“That said, we are where we are and we need to do everything possible to stop the spread of the virus and eliminate it as soon as possible. Wearing a face covering on public transport is one way of protecting others from catching and spreading this deadly virus.

“A number of constituents have contacted me to say they have concerns about a limited number of people on trains who are clearly ignoring that fact that face coverings are mandatory on trains. Protect others. Wear a face covering.”

Police Sergeant Fisher from BTP said:

“We have been working with local schools, educating and reminding pupils and parents of the need to follow social distancing and the new restrictions, as well as complying with the requirement to wear face coverings.

“We will continue to patrol peak services assisted by ScotRail CCTV monitoring, and we are seeing an increasing use of face coverings by passengers, and greater understanding of the regulation.

“We are sure that the public will continue to act responsibly and play their part in helping to protect each other and comply with the requirement to wear face coverings. However, as a last resort officers will, if necessary, enforce the Government requirement to wear face coverings when travelling.”

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