Eurostar has joined an increasing number of transport providers in requiring its passengers to wear face coverings.

The operator’s website confirms that “From May 4, passengers must wear a face mask or face covering at our stations and on board in line with guidelines announced by the French and Belgian governments”.

Eurostar asks that customers bring their own masks with them, adding that “Any type of mask is suitable as long as it effectively covers your nose and mouth”.

It also says that those turning up for travel without masks may be refused travel, and warns that “fines may be imposed in France and Belgium if you’re not wearing a mask”.

France recently announced that the wearing of face masks will be compulsory on public transport and in secondary schools, when the country starts to relax its lockdown restrictions from May 11.

France is also set to extend its health emergency for a further two months to July 24, and there are proposals for a 14-day quarantine period for all arrivals into the country.

Eurostar is currently operating a significantly reduced service between London, Paris and Brussels, with just a handful of trains per day.

Full information on the operator’s amended timetable, travel restrictions, changes to catering and ticket flexibility can be seen here.

For a round-up of which airlines are introducing face masks for staff and passengers, see:

Airlines and face masks