Police can 'use reasonable force' against passengers without face masks

Transport secretary Grant Shapps announced that face coverings would be mandatory from Monday as more people return to work amid the coronavirus pandemic. Shapps said: “I expect the vast majority of people won’t need to be forced into this because wearing a face covering helps protect others.” Gallery: How countries are edging out of COVID-19 lockdown (Photos) Even as the world continues to battle the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, several countries, where the daily growth of new infections has reduced, are beginning to take tentative steps to ease lockdown measures in order to allow citizens to move freely for the first time in weeks and to revive the economy. (Pictured) Spectators maintain social distancing rules as they attend an opera at the Croatian National Theatre, which opened after two months, in Zagreb, Croatia, on May 26, 2020. A drone photo shows the link roads of the July 15 Martyrs' Bridge after restrictions were eased, in Istanbul, Turkey, on May 22. The guidelines do not apply to people entering shops, despite the current guidance saying face coverings should be worn in enclosed public places. Children under the age of 11 do not have to wear face covers, and the penalties will not apply to on-duty police or public transport staff.