Press Release

Mandatory wearing of face coverings on public transport

The government has just announced that it will be mandatory to wear a face covering on the public transport network from June 15.

New polling, published today and commissioned by Centre for London and London Environment Directors’ Network (LEDNet) found that:

  • 73 per cent of Londoners support the compulsory use of facemasks on public transport. 21 per cent oppose the measure and a further six per cent did not know.
  • Older Londoners are more likely to support making facemasks compulsory compared to younger Londoners (80 per cent of respondents aged 65+ vs. 68 per cent of those aged 18-24).

In response to the announcement Rob Whitehead, Director of Strategic Projects at Centre for London said:

“Just as Londoners have begun to change their travel habits, they are also learning to behave in new ways: wearing face coverings voluntarily, washing hands frequently and social distancing.

“The Mayor has been urging Londoners to wear a face covering on public transport since the start of the pandemic.

“This poll shows there is strong support from Londoners to make face masks compulsory.

“The wearing of face coverings will become even more important as more of us return to public transport, and the captal’s tubes, trains and buses become busier again.”


Notes to Editors:

  • Centre for London is the capital’s dedicated think tank. Politically independent and a registered charity, the Centre publishes research, holds events, convenes and influences to create a better city.
  • Full survey results available to read here:
  • Data: Savanta ComRes interviewed 1,068 London residents online between 15th and 19th of May 2020. Data is representative of all London residents by age, gender and region.