Does my child have to wear a face covering when travelling on public transport?

In England children under the age of 11 are not required to wear a face covering. You are also exempt if you have a good reason not to wear one. Acceptable reasons include:

  • if you have a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability that means you cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering
  • if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering would cause you severe distress
  • if you are travelling with, or providing assistance to, someone who relies on lip reading to communicate.

From 15 June 2020 all those who are not exempt must wear a face covering on public transport. A full list of exemptions along with further guidance can be found on the GOV.UK coronavirus (Covid-19) web pages, along with additional information for ScotlandWales and Northern Ireland.

RNIB's Children, Young People and Families (CYPF) team remain available to support you with advice and information. Contact them by calling 0303 123 9999 or email them at [email protected].

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