The easing of restrictions is really welcome news, and we are delighted that everyone can get back to enjoying the borough again.
While face-coverings and social distancing are no longer a legal requirement everywhere, it is important we all take responsibility for our own safety and that of those around us, as well as being considerate to staff in any businesses we visit.
While face coverings are not required by law, they are still recommended in a variety of places, and mandatory for health and safety in some parts of Merton.
If you are visiting any council premises – including the Civic Centre or any libraries, you will be required to wear a face-covering (unless you are exempt) for the moment.
In addition, TFL are requesting that passengers continue to wear face coverings while travelling.
Face coverings must be worn for the full duration of journeys on the public transport network, including inside stations, and in taxis and private hire vehicles.
If you do not, you could be denied travel, or receive a minimum £200 fine (reduced to £100 if paid within 14 days) which will double each time you are caught not wearing a face covering, up to £6,400. Exemptions apply.
Read more about the rules on public transport in London.
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