Covid-19: 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.

Exemptions include:

  • 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.