Wearing a face covering when travelling with us, onboard our trains and at stations, is required by law and everyone has responsibility for abiding by this requirement, unless they have an exemption. Those that don’t wear a face covering could receive a fine of up to £6,400 from the British Transport Police.
Face coverings are not surgical masks and are easy to get hold of or make yourself. There’s lots of advice from Public Health England here.
People with specific exemptions that mean they cannot wear a face covering will not have to do so. Those exempt from this rule, include (but is not limited to):
- children under the age of 11 (Public Health England does not recommend face coverings for children under the age of 3 for health and safety reasons)
- people who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
- where putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
- if you are speaking to or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expressions to communicate
- to avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others ‒ including if it would negatively impact on your ability to exercise or participate in a strenuous activity
- police officers and other emergency workers, given that this may interfere with their ability to serve the public
You can find more FAQs on face coverings here.