RED Funnel have released some details on the compulsory wearing of face coverings on public transport that is coming into effect on June 15.

Following the government's announcement regarding the mandatory wearing of face coverings, Red Funnel have now warned passengers that faces must be covered in all areas inside the boats, including when boarding and exiting on foot, but face coverings remain optional in terminals and on the outside passenger decks.

The only passengers exempt from doing so are those who have a disability which prevents them from being able to wear a face covering, or for passengers whose safety would be at risk by wearing one.

All passengers will be required to show proof of their face covering before boarding, and masks can be purchased for customers who do not have them, with 100% of net proceeds going to charity.

Anyone who refuses to wear a face covering will be refused boarding and the cost of their booking will be lost.

Fran Collins, CEO, Red Funnel, said: “Wearing a face covering when travelling on our ferries is one simple way that we can all help keep ourselves and each other safe, and strike a balance between returning to a more familiar way of life while also taking those small extra precautions that can really make a difference when we all participate. We hope that our passengers will also appreciate the principle behind the government’s new face coverings rule and see it not as an inconvenience, but quite simply the right thing to do."