Coronavirus: Retail workers and taxi passengers must wear face masks under new restrictions. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. Johnson said: “After six months of restrictions, it would be tempting to hope the threat has faded and seek comfort in the belief that if you have avoided the virus so far then you are somehow immune. Other new measures announced include hospitality businesses closing at 10pm and weddings further limited to a maximum of 15 people. They don't wear masks. Creative Common image licenses displayed where applicable. London regulators Transport for London (TfL) have stated that from Monday 15 June, taxi and private hire drivers “should” wear a face covering at all times when in a taxi or private hire vehicle, according to website Taxi … The penalty for passengers failing to wear a face covering will now be £200 for a first offence, doubling each time to a maximum fine of £6,400. All written and image rights are reserved by authors displayed. According to DfT sources, like all transport workers, taxi drivers are not legally required to wear a face covering while in their workplace, but are urged to wear face masks where possible. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. Mr Johnson said that unless the UK makes significant progress in its fight against coronavirus, the restrictions will remain in place “for perhaps six months”. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Taxi drivers should be required to wear masks Jun 28, 2020 Jun 28, 2020 ... My only transportation to medical appointments is through Bay Cities or Deluxe Taxi. The penalty for failing to cover your face will be doubled to £200, said Mr Johnson. Whilst it is not mandatory for drivers to wear a face cover, taxi and private hire drivers are advised they should wear a face covering and should also require their customers to do so at all times when in a taxi or private hire vehicle. Read our full mailing list consent terms here. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. Taxi drivers are seeking clarification over whether passengers should wear a mask in their cabs. This means drivers, such as taxi drivers, who are separated by a screen in the car don't have to wear one. For taxi and private hire passengers, tomorrow will see the use of face coverings mandated. On public transport, face masks or coverings have been compulsory since June 15 and from July 24 this will also apply to shops and supermarkets. It is strongly recommended that drivers wear a non-medical mask if physical distancing cannot be maintained, and that taxis and ride share companies develop policies regarding non-medical mask use. Passengers must wear a mask or face covering on buses, trains, ferries, planes, taxis and Ubers from 11.59pm on August 30. The Department continues by advising drivers to wear a face covering when they are unable to maintain social distancing in … Workers in retail and hospitality and passengers in taxis are to be required to wear face-coverings, prime minister Boris Johnson has told the House of Commons. Many taxi drivers and commuters are not complying with Covid-19 protocols. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. The changes formed part of a package of tightened restrictions announced by the prime minister in response to an upsurge in Covid infections across the country, also including a 10pm curfew for pubs and restaurants - including takeaways - new guidance urging office workers to work from home if possible, a limit of 15 on attendance at weddings and receptions and a ban on indoor sports which involve more than six people gathering, such as five-a-side football. They are encouraging commuters to report drivers who are not adhering to the regulations. Taxi operators provide an essential service to the public and under current government guidelines can continue to operate. This is in line with penalties for breaking the rule of six. London regulators Transport for London (TfL) have stated that from Monday 15 June, taxi and private hire drivers “should” wear a face covering at all times when in a taxi or private hire vehicle, according to website Taxi … So the drivers must make sure everyone who enters their transport has a mask. Face masks are required in almost all indoor public spaces that remain open, both for staff and customers. "To me it seems to be absolutely illogical that only a driver needs to wear a facemask," John Hart, executive director of the NZ Taxi Federation, told Newshub. The Department continues by advising drivers to wear a face covering when they are unable to maintain social distancing in passenger facing roles. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. “That sort of complacency could be our undoing. The term is also used to describe the protection people wear to limit dust and spray exposure in industrial workplaces. Quite simply, you have to wear the likes of a face mask if travelling in a taxi in Wales. The DfT hope that the new measures, announced today by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, will increase protection for drivers who are supporting key workers, vulnerable passengers and school children, particularly those with special needs. Taxi drivers are NOT legally required to wear a face covering despite new rules mandating passenger usage, confirms the Department for Transport (DfT). You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. Taxi drivers urged to wear masks There have been numerous reports of taxi drivers and commuters not complying with COVID-19 protocols. Now, the South African National Taxi Council is trying to do something about it. The views expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the publishers. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. The taxi company said in a press release that they are asking their drivers to wear both face masks and gloves while on duty. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. It’s not only the responsibility of the driver, passengers must also make sure that nobody comes into the taxi without wearing a mask. 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