FOI request detail

Information regarding Facemasks and Covid 19

Request ID: FOI-1524-2122
Date published: 27 October 2021

You asked

18 October 2021 Dear Freedom of Information Request Team, Transport For London Information regarding Facemasks and Covid 19 Please might I request for a copy of the recent relevant baseline scientific / general information available that is currently being used by Transport for London to support the current policy of the enforcement of the wearing of facemasks on both the London Underground Network, all lines included, and the London surface transport network, including London Buses, London Overground, and London River Services despite the national policy on the wearing of facemasks being made not a mandatory requirement since July 2021. I do understand as to the need of the wearing of a facemask as Covid 19 is still very much present in our society, however in a democracy such as the United Kingdom's it is important that individuals are given the information as to how decisions by both non elected regional and national government departments are made and also the subsequent decisions that relate to both the design and implementation of policies, thanks

We answered

Our Ref:         FOI-1524-2122

Thank you for your request received on 18 October 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. I can confirm we do hold the information you require.

The information and scientific evidence considered by TfL in taking this decision to continue the use of face coverings on our network has been published as part of a previous FOI request on this topic on our website:

In accordance with section 21 of the FOI Act, we are not obliged to supply you with a copy of the requested information as it is already accessible to you elsewhere.

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable to access it for some reason, please feel free to contact me.

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

Yours sincerely

Gemma Jacob
Senior FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London

[email protected]

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