Face Coverings

- changes to the rules from 28 February 2022


Page last updated Wednesday 27 April 2022 at 12:30

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Across Britain, there is no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering. However, the government suggests that you continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet. Train operators are still encouraging the wearing of face coverings if you can, as a courtesy to others.

When planning your journey, please check the latest government advice. You can find more information about this by checking the appropriate government website for England, Scotland and Wales.


What is a face covering?


The Government’s instructions state that a face covering is a cloth that should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably. It can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head.

Will face coverings be provided or available to buy at the station?


Not necessarily. You should bring your own face covering although some stations have vending machine or retail outlets to make it easier for you to buy a face covering if you would like one.

Where does this apply – just on trains or in stations too?


Face coverings are no longer mandatory in England on board the train or in enclosed areas of railway stations (except on Transport for London services) but are being actively encouraged as a courtesy to others.

They remain mandatory on Transport for London services and throughout Scotland and Wales from when you enter a station, throughout your journey and exiting the station at the other end. If you are then moving onto the bus, tram or Tube, you should avoid taking off your face covering while interchanging and avoid touching your face or mouth unnecessarily.

What do I do with my face covering when I am finished with it?


We encourage you to use a reusable face covering where possible as these are better for the environment. If you have a disposable face covering then please take it home to dispose of it or put it in the normal bins, available on stations at the end of your journey.

Photo of a woman and a child on a train wearing face coverings.

Photo of a woman on a train wearing a face covering​​​​​​​

Last updated:   27 April 2022