Face coverings on public transport

From 15 June 2020, you must wear a face covering when travelling on all forms of public transport. This includes:

  • Buses
  • Coaches
  • Trams
  • Trains
  • Ferries
  • Hovercrafts 
  • Aircraft
  • Cable cars

You must following social distancing guidelines even while wearing a face covering. 

  • Make sure your mouth and nose are covered but you can still breathe normally. 
  • Wash your hands before putting it on and taking it off
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth at all times
  • Store used face coverings in a plastic bag until you have an opportunity to wash them.
  • Don't touch the front of the face covering or the part which has been in contact with your mouth and nose
  • Once removed, make sure you clean any surfaces the face covering has touched.
  • If reusable, wash face coverings regularly with normal detergent 


Yes, you can make a face covering at home by following these simple steps.

Some people may be exempt from having to wear a face covering. 

This includes those with physical or mental illnesses or impairments or disabilities that mean someone cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering, and those who need to use lip reading to communicate. People who cannot wear a face covering should not be challenged or made uncomfortable, and there is no requirement for an individual to prove that they have a valid case for exemption.  

View the non-exhaustive list of exemptions.

If you do not wear a face covering you will be breaking the law and could be fined £100, or £50 if you pay the fine within 14 days. More information on this can be found on the Government website.

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