Based on Scottish Government guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Phase 2: staying safe and protecting others (physical distancing)
Yes, it is mandatory to wear a face covering on public transport in Scotland. There are some exemptions and we ask you not to judge those who cannot wear face coverings.
Face coverings could be a scarf, mask, face visor, or home-made, as long as they cover your nose and mouth.
Children under five do not have to wear a face covering in Scotland.
Drivers do not have to wear a face covering if they are behind a plastic screen, it is their choice. If drivers leave their cab to help a customer, they must wear a face covering.
The Scottish Government says:
“Though the scientific evidence on the benefits of their use is limited, there may be some benefit in wearing a face covering when entering an enclosed space such as a public transport vehicle or in a railway or bus station or airport where physical distancing is more difficult and where there is a risk of close contact with multiple people that an individual would not usually meet.”
We have also implemented a number of other measures to ensure safe and responsible tours. These include providing customer hand sanitiser, encouraging customers to book in advance or pay by contactless and thoroughly cleaning vehicles every night and cleaning hot spot areas regularly throughout the day.
At this time, you do not have to prove you are exempt from wearing a face covering.
Our drivers will not enforce the mandatory wearing of face coverings. The police and other relevant authorities are responsible for enforcing the mandatory wearing of face coverings.
The police and other relevant authorities have the powers to enforce the law where people do not comply. The police will act with discretion and common sense in applying these measures and we expect the public to act responsibly.
Please remember some people are exempt from wearing face coverings and the reason why may be invisible.
You can read further information on the ways we are delivering safe and responsible tours.