22nd July, 2020

Face coverings on public transport – who is exempt?

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Face coverings are now compulsory on public transport and in indoor spaces at stations, but some people are exempt from wearing them. People who do not need to wear a face covering include:

  • Children under the age of 11
  • People with physical or mental conditions or disabilities that prevent them from wearing a face covering

Read the full government advice about exemptions from wearing a face covering.

Sunflower lanyards
The physical and mental conditions or disabilities that prevent people wearing a face covering aren’t always visible. Both Great Western Railway and South Western Railway support the sunflower lanyard scheme.

Wearing the lanyard (pictured above) is a way for people to show that they have a hidden condition. The lanyards are optional and not everyone who is exempt will be wearing one. Find out more including how to get a lanyard for you or someone you know.

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