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East Midlands Railways statement on face coverings on trains

After the latest Government announcement, customers must wear a face covering when traveling on public transport from 04:00 Tuesday 30 November 2021.

East Midlands Railways issued this statement:

We are currently waiting for the latest Government Guidance for further details. Fines may apply if you do not wear a face covering.

There are some circumstances where people may not be able to wear a face covering. Please be mindful and respectful of such circumstances, noting that some people are less able to wear face coverings, and that the reasons for this may not be visible to others.

This includes (but is not limited to):

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  • Children under the age of 11 (Public Health England does not recommend face coverings for children under the age of 3 for health and safety reasons)
  • People who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
  • Where putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
  • If you are speaking to or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip-reading, clear sound or facial expressions to communicate
  • To avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others ‒ including if it would negatively impact your ability to exercise or participate in a strenuous activity

What about people who can’t wear face coverings – disabled people, those with breathing difficulties? How will you know if they are genuine?
People with specific conditions that mean they cannot wear a face covering. We are confident that the vast majority of people will want to do the right thing, help keep others safe and wear a face covering. .

Does this apply to children?
This only applies to those aged 11 and over. Children under the age of 11 are not expected to wear a face covering.

What should I do if I’m sitting in a carriage with someone who isn’t wearing a face covering?
We are confident that the vast majority of people are going to want to do the right thing and help protect others by bringing and wearing a face covering while travelling. Please also be aware that some passengers may not be able to wear a covering due to medical issues and not every medical issue or disability is visible.

What is a face covering?
The Government’s instructions state that a face covering is a cloth that should “cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably. It can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head.

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