Coronavirus: local travel
It is compulsory to wear a face covering on public transport now, but there are some exemptions for disabled people and people with impairments.
A face covering can be a mask, scarf, snood, bandana or even something you can make out of an old t-shirt. View this handy guide on how to wear and make a face covering.
Passengers should be aware that for those who can, the wearing of a face covering is a legal requirement and the Police may enforce this with fines. Bus drivers will not be responsible for enforcing this, requiring proof or issuing fines.
Some people don’t have to wear a face covering for health, age or equality reasons. If you fit into any of the Government exemptions, then you’ll be able to travel on our buses without wearing a face covering.
- Children under 11-years-old.
- 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 a 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.
Brighton and Hove Buses have produced a Face covering – exemption support card, like their Helping Hand Card – which can be downloaded here.
The Government guidance on safer travel can be seen here.