Public Transport: Coronavirus

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 9 July 2020.

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Photo of Clive Betts Clive Betts Chair, Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee, Chair, Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to issue badges or passes to people who have received a letter from the NHS exempting them from wearing a face mask on public transport.

Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris Minister of State (Department for Transport)

We do not plan to issue badges or passes to show that people are exempt from the requirement to wear a face covering on public transport in England.

Several operators have badge or lanyard schemes in place that can help people communicate that they are exempt. These are intended to be tools to give people more confidence when engaging with transport staff. However, badges or similar are not obligatory and it is sufficient for people to communicate with transport operator staff that they are exempt. We have been working closely with operators to make sure they are communicating this approach to their passengers and staff (Guidance can be found here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-transport-guidance-for-operators/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-transport-guidance-for-operators#face-coverings).

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