From today you must wear a face covering when travelling on East Midlands Railway trains or entering its stations

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Passengers will have to wear a face covering from today (Monday) when they are travelling on East Midlands Railway trains or entering its stations

The Government has said that all bus, coach, train, tram, ferry and aircraft passengers must wear a face covering to help cut the risk of catching and spreading Covid-19.

You will not be able to travel unless you are wearing a face covering on trains.

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You are also required to use one while at the station. This ruling does not apply to children aged under 11.

“People should be mindful of passengers with disabilities which may mean that they are unable to wear a face covering,” said East Midlands Railway (EMR).

“EMR is reminding passengers that guidance remains to work from home if they can and avoid public transport where possible.

Passengers who do need to travel should always book online where possible and travel at quieter times.

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“We urge those who must travel to be considerate of other travellers and our staff during these testing times.”

Will Rogers, EMR’s managing director, said: “Despite the easing of lockdown restrictions, the need for social distancing and responsible travel has not gone away.

“Wearing face coverings on trains will help to ensure that those who need to use public transport can do so with added confidence.”

He added: “Use of face coverings will boost the other measures EMR has worked hard to put in place across our network to keep people safe, like more thorough cleaning, improved information on potential crowding and one-way systems at busier stations.”