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Tuesday 5 May 2020

Face masks to be made compulsory

Eurostar rail passengers will be forced to wear face masks from this week on.

Passengers refusing to wear face coverings in line with guidelines from the French and Belgian governments will be refused permission to travel.

Any type of face covering is allowed "as long as it effectively covers your nose and mouth", the company said.
Eurostar runs express trains between London and French and Belgian destinations including Paris and Brussels.

It has been running a reduced timetable since the outbreak, because of movement restrictions, enhanced border checks and lower demand.

The move comes as France announced that face masks will become compulsory on public transport when it begins to ease its Covid-19 lockdown on May 11.

In Belgium, face masks were mandatory on public transport as of Monday.

Manchester Airports Group, which operates Manchester, East Midlands and Stansted airports, has also said all passengers will be required to wear gloves and face coverings. Scarves and other makeshift measures are acceptable.

Manchester Airport said it will provide protective equipment for those without, but as numbers rise, all passengers will be expected to provide their own.

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