As the number of coronavirus cases steadily decline, the seriousness among the people about wearing masks in public is also declining. The London Underground workers are now facing a potential danger as the mask-wearing mandate is now openly being ignored on a large scale. Concerns were raised by the union officials and passengers have said that there is a remarkable decline in the number of Tube users who wear masks despite the warning signs that specify that it is a requirement to wear a mask while travelling.
At the same time nearly 500 enforcement officers continue to ask the customers to comply. It was un the month of July when the national rules had ceased to apply. Moreover, the Transport for London has said that it has refused entry to 408 people and has asked nearly 126 people to leave the services. The general secretary of the train drivers union Aslef, Mick Whelan said that they believe that mask wearing should be mandatory on the trains and is meant to protect the passengers as well as the staff that will help to control the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Whelan added that the rule to wear masks is mandatory but not enforced and have also noticed a decline in the number of passengers wearing masks. He also said that people who go to the Euston Station and walk around the platforms they will notice that it is mandatory to wear masks on the London Overground and London Underground but is not mandatory on the main line operators and out of the station.
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said that the coronavirus has not disappeared and the cases are rising once again. Khan added that people’s health continues to remain at risk as the winter progresses so it is important if people continue to take precautions to protect themselves and others. Wearing of face masks considerably reduces the risk of the spread of the virus.
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