Last reviewed 19 July 2021
While the Government has made several Covid restrictions a matter of personal responsibility with effect from 19 July, Transport for London (TfL) has said it will maintain some of the requirements.
In particular, it has said that customers will continue to be required to wear a face covering on TfL services for the duration of their journey unless they are exempt. Customers not wearing a face covering may be refused entry or asked to leave the network. TfL has emphasised that it does not tolerate any abuse of its customers or staff and will work with the police to prevent such behaviour and take action where necessary.
Frontline TfL staff will also continue to wear face coverings unless they are exempt or are working in non-public facing areas. TfL points out that research carried out by YouGov shows that 68% of people support the retention of face coverings on public transport at this point in the pandemic and that face coverings play an important role in giving people confidence to use public transport.
Independent testing by Imperial College has been carried out regularly since September, taking swabs of touch points and air samples in trains, stations and buses, and has found no traces of coronavirus on the public transport system.
In addition, buses have been modified to keep windows propped open and have also been fitted with a range of air extraction and ventilation systems.
TfL is now running a full bus network of around 8000 buses every day. Capacity on buses will therefore return to normal pre-pandemic levels and customers are advised to make use of all available seats with standing allowed.