19 Jun 2020
Earlier today [18 June 2020], First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that from Monday, 22 June, the use of face coverings on public transport will be mandatory, unless an exemption applies, which includes children under 5 and those with health conditions.
From Monday, 22 June, ScotRail will be helping their customers adjust to the new rules by distributing face masks/coverings to customers free of charge at all major stations for a limited period.
They have already provided our staff with face masks and visors to protect our people and customers. They believe it’s vital that our people set a good example, to try to limit the spread of coronavirus.
While it is not for ScotRail staff to enforce this policy, ScotRail staff alongside British Transport Police colleagues will be out across the network to help customers comply with this new requirement.
Over recent weeks, ScotRail have advised customers of the importance of using a face covering while travelling on their trains and is one of their five safer rules for travel.
While travel remains for essential journeys only, more people are expected to take the train over the coming months as lockdown restrictions ease. They’ve introduced significant measures to help with safer travel, and mandatory face coverings are an important part of that. But they are continuing to warn that people must take personal responsibility for their travel choices because physical distancing can’t be guaranteed at all stages of a journey.
Through the Rail Recovery Taskforce, working with Transport Scotland, Network Rail Scotland, trade unions, and others, ScotRail are continuing to plan for further increases in services in anticipation of further easing of lockdown restrictions over the coming weeks.
The position on face coverings is now absolutely clear and ScotRail are urging customers to follow the Scottish Government guidance on their mandatory use.