Wear a face covering, under what criteria will he remove this new condition?

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Dear Transport for London,
The Mayor as of 19th July 2021 has added a requirement to wear a face covering on all London Transport / Transport for London services to the Conditions of Carriage. Under what criteria will he remove this new condition please?
Thank you.
Yours faithfully,

Mr Godfrey

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Godfrey

TfL Ref: 0807-2122

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FOI, Transport for London

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Dear Mr Godfrey


Our Ref:         FOI-0807-2122


Thank you for your request received on 18 July 2021 asking for information
about the use of face coverings on our network.


Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy. 


Throughout the pandemic, TfL has taken its lead from prevailing UK
Government policy, which has been very clear in its communications
relating to the ‘Step 4’ changes (introduced in England on 19 July 2021)
that, although the legal requirement to wear a face covering has been
removed, it (the Government) “still recommends and expects that people
wear face coverings in enclosed and crowded spaces where they come into
contact with people they don’t normally meet – such as at airports and on
public or international transport.” On 14 July, the Secretary of State for
Transport stated in a television interview that he “expected, and indeed,
wanted” some train, bus and rail companies to insist on mask-wearing on
their services and he publicly backed the decision to keep the wearing of
them compulsory on London’s public transport services (except for those
who are exempt).


On 15 July 2021, TfL decided to retain the requirement, under paragraph
2.4 of its [1]Conditions of Carriage, for customers and passengers to wear
a face covering on the TfL network. TfL’s decision on 15 July 2021 was
taken under its statutory powers contained in section 173(1), and Schedule
11, paragraphs 1(1) and 32 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999 (as
amended). The Mayor did not direct TfL to take this decision but requested
it to do so. The decision is kept under continual review and we will
continue to follow the Government advice on the use of face coverings and
any future decisions regarding their use will be taken in due course.


Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to


Yours sincerely


Gemma Jacob

Senior FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London


[2][TfL request email]





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