Do I need to wear a face covering on public transport?
Londoners are being asked to play their part in the national effort against the virus and should wear non-medical face coverings whenever travelling on public transport or by taxi or private hire vehicle.
From Monday 15 June, the government is making it mandatory for passengers to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth for the entirety of journeys made using public transport in England. This includes travel on both TfL and non-TfL networks. Face coverings should also be worn by everyone in taxi and private hire vehicles for the duration of their journey.
Wearing face coverings on public transport will be mandatory and help everyone be safer.
Face coverings are particularly important where 2 metre social distancing is hard to maintain.
Exemptions include people who have trouble breathing, children under the age of eleven and anyone who finds it difficult to manage them correctly.
To support those customers who are exempt from wearing a face covering, TfL has introduced an exemption card that customers can print off and carry with them or display on their phone, which they can show if they are asked why they aren’t wearing one. Find out more on the TfL website.
Customers are reminded to treat everyone with respect and compassion, and to understand that some people are unable to wear a face covering for medical reasons that may not be immediately obvious. Transport staff are not required to wear a face covering when they are not in public areas, including Tube and bus drivers when they are in the driver's cab, staff working in control centres or in maintenance areas.
Face coverings are different from Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as surgical masks and visors used in care settings. Many face coverings are washable and reusable, so require a smaller supply than single use PPE masks. For members of the public, they can be made at home and need not be professionally made.