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Mandatory face coverings – East Midlands Railways

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You should also carefully consider if your journey is essential and if you can, stay local. This will help keep the transport network running and allow people who need to make essential journeys to travel.

East Midlands Railways

Continue to follow the Government advice. Consider all other forms of transport before using public transport.

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You should also carefully consider if your journey is essential and if you can, stay local. This will help keep the transport network running and allow people who need to make essential journeys to travel.

If you need to travel, you can help by following these simple rules:

1) Do not travel if you have any Coronavirus Symptoms or are feeling unwell. Refer to the NHS latest advice on symptoms.

2) Keep your distance from other customers, our staff and wear a face covering.

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Q. How will this be enforced? Will railway staff be preventing people from getting on trains or going through ticket barriers if they don’t have a mask?

A. We are confident that people will want to do the right thing, follow the rules and wear a face covering. We will have lots of reminders up around stations and elsewhere, and remember, we are talking about coverings here which can be made quite simply, not surgical masks, so it will be relatively easy for people to do. Ultimately though, rail staff will be supported by British Transport Police to stop people from travelling if they have to and, as a last resort, fines can be issued if people travel without a face covering.

Q. What about people who can’t wear face coverings – disabled people, those with breathing difficulties? How will you know if they are genuine?

A. People with specific conditions that mean they cannot wear a face covering will not have to do so. 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 and not to game the system.

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