Face Coverings on Public Transport
There are some circumstances when wearing a face covering may be marginally beneficial as a precautionary measure.
Government guidance is for passengers, if they can, to wear a face covering, where social distancing is not always possible.
The evidence suggests that wearing a face covering does not protect you, but it may protect others if you are infected but have not yet developed symptoms. This is most relevant for short periods of time indoors, such as small shops and on public transport, where social distancing is not always possible.
A face covering is not the same as the surgical masks or respirators used by healthcare and other workers as part of personal protective equipment. These should continue to be reserved for those who need them to protect against risks in their workplace, such as health and care workers, and those in industrial settings, like those exposed to dust hazards.
If you choose to wear a mask or covering, it is important to use the face covering properly:
- Wash your hands and face with soap before touching the covering and before wearing the covering
- Wash the covering before each daily use
- Ensure the facial covering covers your nose, mouth and chin and that any elastics are well placed behind your head
- Do not touch the facial covering or face once the facial covering is worn
- Wash your hands before you remove the covering, remove the covering without touching your face and then wash your hands and face again after it is removed.
Wearing a face covering is optional and is not required by the law. Our drivers will not prevent people from boarding who are not wearing a face covering.
This advice forms part of the Department for Transport’s Safer Travel Guidance for Passengers, which can be viewed at here.