Last updated: 10:29 on 03/12/21

Since Monday July 13th 2020 it has been mandatory to wear a face covering on public transport for passengers aged 13 and over. 

Face coverings are also recommended for those aged 9-12 years.

Regulation (S.I. No. 244 of 2020) applies to all bus and rail services provided under contract with the National Transport Authority (NTA), Luas services and commercial bus services licensed by the NTA.

Authorised staff, including drivers and ticket inspectors may refuse entry to a person who is not wearing a face covering. Authorised persons may also ask a passenger who refuses to wear a face covering, to leave the vehicle.

These Regulations provide that members of the public who are 13 years old or older shall wear a face covering on public transport unless they have a reasonable excuse not to. Details of what constitutes a reasonable excuse are specified in the Regulation. These are where:

(a) the person cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering – (i) because of any physical or mental illness, impairment, or disability, or (ii) without severe distress,

(b) the person needs to communicate with a person who has difficulties communicating (in relation to speech, language or otherwise)

(c) the person removes the face covering to provide emergency assistance or to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person

(d) the person removes the face covering to avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury

(e) the person removes the face covering in order to, and only for the time required to, take medication.

Wearing of cloth face coverings may help prevent people who do not know they have the virus from spreading it to others. For further information visit Guidance on safe use of face coverings.

Please do not criticise or judge people who are not able to wear a face covering.

How to use a cloth face covering properly?

  • clean your hands properly before you put it on
  • practise using it so you are comfortable putting it on and taking it off
  • make sure it is made from a fabric you are comfortable wearing
  • cover your mouth and nose with it and make sure there are no gaps between your cloth face covering
  • tie it securely
  • carry unused masks in a sealable clean waterproof bag (for example, a ziplock bag)
  • carry a second similar type bag to put used masks in

Do not:

  • touch a mask or face covering while wearing it – if you do, clean your hands properly
  • use a damp or wet medical mask or reuse a medical mask
  • share masks
  • do not lower your mask to speak, eat and smoke or vape – if you need to uncover your nose or mouth take the mask off and put it in the bag for used masks
  • do not discard masks in public places

For the most reliable, up-to-date information on face coverings visit HSE advice and face covering guidance.

Find more  COVID-19 public transport updates on our TFI COVID-19 page.