Face Masks Advice For Public Transport

Mask will be compulsory from July 27

People in Wales will be required to wear face masks on public transport from July 27.

This includes trains, buses and taxis.

First Minister Mark Drakeford has so far refused to make it compulsory to wear them while in shops.

However, he has recommended they be used indoors where social distancing of two metres is not possible.

They are currently required on public transport in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, while wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets in England is to become mandatory from 24 July.

Here is some useful advice for using masks on public transport from traveline.cymru:


Face Coverings: In line with latest Welsh Government Guidance, it is recommended that you wear a 3-layer face covering whilst travelling on public transport. (It will become mandatory from July 27).

  • Cotton masks should be used instead of silk or nylon, and should not be worn for more than four hours
  • Anyone wearing a covering should wash their hands after use, even if it's only been used for a short period
  • Coverings should be washed after use
  • If someone commutes on a train or bus twice a day then they should use a different covering for each journey, unless they can wash the covering they used for the first trip.

No Change Given’ Policy: All bus operators have been asked by Welsh Government to immediately introduce a 'No Change Given' policy, whereby passengers will not be offered change when purchasing tickets on the bus. This is to reduce contact between drivers and passengers. Passengers are encouraged to use contactless facilities where they are available on services or exact change where they are not.

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