Transport for London (TfL) has said some people do not have to wear a face covering on public transport if they have a good reason not to.

Some of these reasons are:

  • 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.
  • If you are travelling to avoid injury or escape the risk of harm, and you do not have a face covering with you.
  • If you need to remove it during your journey to avoid harm or injury or the risk of harm or injury to yourself or others.
  • If you need to eat, drink, or take medication you can remove your face covering
  • If you are asked to remove your face covering by a police officer or other official, for example to check your railcard.

If you do not need to wear a face covering for one of these reasons, you can get TfL face coverings exemption card to show anyone who asks you why you are not wearing a covering.

You do not have to tell anyone why you are do not have to wear a mask, you just need to show them the card.

You can download and print a copy of the card by clicking here.

If you cannot print the card, TfL can send one out for you in the post if you call 0343 222 1234 (choosing option 5 and 5).

You can also save these pictures of the card onto your phone: