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From 15 June 2020, it is the law that you must wear a face-covering when travelling in England on a bus or coach, train or tram, ferry, hovercraft or other vessels, an aircraft or in a cable car.

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.

A face covering is a covering of any type which covers your nose and mouth. It does not have to be a commercial face mask.

Face coverings are not applicable for all ages and they should not be worn by children under 3 and people who would find wearing them difficult, such as those with existing breathing difficulties.

You should also wear a face-covering when you go to hospital appointments or visit someone in the hospital. If you can, also wear a face-covering in other places when it's hard to stay away from people, such as in shops.

Some people don’t have to wear a face covering, for health, age or equality reasons. Some transport staff may not wear a face covering if it is not required for their job.

You should also wear a face-covering in other enclosed spaces where it is difficult to maintain social distancing. For example, at stations, interchanges, ports and airports and in taxis and private hire vehicles. A taxi driver or private hire vehicle operator may be entitled to refuse to accept you if you do not wear a face covering.

The rule applies in situations where individuals from different households or support bubbles could be travelling together on a service, such as a charter boat, but not if you are giving a lift to someone from another household or support bubble in your private car.

Face coverings are not a substitute for maintaining social distancing and good hand hygiene.

The law requiring you to wear a face-covering on public transport applies while you are in England.  Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have different rules and laws.

If travelling from any other UK nation, you will be required to wear a face-covering when you enter England, regardless of the rules in the nation you are transiting from.

You should remove your face covering if asked to do so by a police officer or other relevant person.

It is important to wash or sanitise your hands before and after touching your face covering. For longer journeys, take more than one face covering and a plastic bag for used face coverings.

You do not need to wear a face-covering if you have a legitimate reason not to. This includes:

  • Not being able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
  • If putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
  • If you are travelling with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip-reading to communicate
  • To avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others
  • To avoid injury, or to escape the risk of harm, and you do not have a face-covering with you
  • To eat or drink, but only if you need to
  • To take medication
  • If a police officer or other official requests you remove your face covering.