Travel safely during the coronavirus outbreak
You can help control coronavirus and travel safely by:
- working from home where possible
- shopping locally and less often
- considering all other forms of transport before using public transport
- avoiding the busiest times and routes
- keeping your distance when your travel - 2 metres apart where possible
- washing or sanitising your hands regularly
You should not travel at all if you:
- are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms
- are self-isolating as a result of coronavirus symptoms or sharing a household with somebody with symptoms
- are clinically extremely vulnerable and cannot shield during your journey
- have been advised by the NHS test and trace service that you should self-isolate
If you have any symptoms of coronavirus you should self-isolate at home and arrange to have a test to see if you have coronavirus.
If anyone in your household has symptoms of coronavirus you should self-isolate.
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 or hovercraft or other vessel
- 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.
How to wear and make a face covering.
Some people don’t have to wear a face covering including 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 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 in your private car.
Surgical masks or respirators used by healthcare and other workers as part of personal protective equipment (PPE) should continue to be reserved for people who need to wear them at work.
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. All UK nations recommend wearing a face covering while travelling on public transport, so you should continue to wear one if travelling into Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland from England. If travelling from any other UK nation, you will be required to wear a face covering when you enter England.