Girl wearing face mask on tram looking out of window

Fri, 19/06/2020 - 12:38

From Monday 22 June, the Scottish Government have announced it will become mandatory to wear a face covering when travelling on public transport.

This applies to enclosed areas such as on board trams and shelters but does not include tram stops which are open to the elements, but only when physical distancing can be maintained.

You must provide your own face covering. A face covering is a facial covering of the mouth and nose, that is made of cloth or other textiles and through which you can breathe, for example a scarf. You may also use a face visor but it must cover your nose and mouth completely. Religious face coverings that cover the mouth and the nose count as face coverings for these regulations. 

You may have a reasonable excuse from wearing a face covering if:

  • You are a child under the age of five.
  • You have a health condition where a face covering would be inappropriate because it would cause difficulty, pain or severe distress or anxiety or because you cannot apply a covering and wear it in the proper manner safely and consistently. If this is you, we recommend you download the Thistle Assistance app to communicate your exemption with our Ticket Inspectors.
  • You have a reasonable need to eat or drink.
  • You need to take medication.
  • You need to communicate with someone else who relies on lip reading.
  • A relevant person, such as a police officer, asks you to remove your face covering.

The police will act with discretion and common sense in applying these measures and you are expected to act responsibly. If you do not comply with the rules on face coverings, the police may impose a fine of £60 or up to £960 if it is a repeat offence.

For the Scottish Government’s full publication, click here.

For more information on how to stay safe when travelling by tram, click here.