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London Underground: All the latest Transport for London face mask rules you need to know

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Today marks the lifting of all Covid restrictions across England.

One of the biggest rule changes as of today (July 19) is the legal requirement to wear face masks in the majority of settings being scrapped.

The new rules state that it is not a legal requirement for people to wear masks, however, some establishments and services have kept their own rules, including TfL.

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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced a few days ago that it would still be a requirement for people to wear a face mask on all TfL services unless they are exempt.

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The Mayor reminded people using TFL services to continue wearing masks via Twitter, saying: “Remember, it’s still a requirement to wear a face mask on all @TfL services unless you’re exempt.

“Face masks remain one of the most effective ways of stopping the transmission of Covid-19 – help keep yourself and other Londoners safe.”

Herts Live has put together a list of the current and new rules for people travelling on TfL services including when you have to wear a mask.

This information was taken from the TfL website.

You must wear a face covering on the Transport for London network, in stations, and for the whole of your journey. If you do not, and you are not exempt, you could be refused entry, denied travel or told to leave the stations and services.

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This applies to the Tube, bus, tram, DLR, London Overground and TfL Rail networks; Dial-a-Ride services; the Emirates Air Line; and the Woolwich ferry.

TfL also expects and recommends the continued use of face covering in taxis and private hire vehicles by both drivers and passengers unless they are exempt.

Exemptions apply for age, health and disability reasons (see below).

The latest scientific advice says that face coverings can help reduce the chance of infecting others.

People who are not required to wear a face-covering can order a free badge from Transport for London to let staff, enforcement officers and customers know that they are exempt.

The requirement to wear a face covering on TfL’s public transport stations, platforms and services does not apply to:

  • Children under the age of 11;
  • Employees of, or persons providing agreed services to, TfL;
  • Police constables (including British Transport Police officers) acting in the course of their duty;
  • Members or employees of the emergency services responding to an emergency.

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You also do not need to wear a face-covering if you have a good reason not to, such as if:

  • You have a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability that means you cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering;
  • Putting on, wearing or removing a face covering would cause you severe distress;
  • You are travelling with, or providing assistance to, someone who relies on lip-reading to communicate;
  • You are travelling to avoid injury or escape the risk of harm, and you do not have a face-covering with you;
  • You need to remove it during your journey to avoid harm or injury or the risk of harm or injury to yourself or others;
  • You need to eat, drink, or take medication you can remove your face covering;
  • You are asked to remove your face covering by a police officer or other official, for example to check your railcard.

TfL staff will also wear a face covering if they are working in a public area, unless they are exempt for medical reasons.

The current rules were last updated on July 18, 2021. Please check the TfL website for any further updates.

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