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Taxi passengers in Carlisle are being asked to wear face coverings.

On June 15, it was made compulsory for people in England to wear a covering on public transport, and now Carlisle City Council says it would like taxi drivers and passengers to follow those rules too.

A taxi driver may be entitled to refuse a passenger if they are not wearing a face covering.

Exemptions will be made for very young children, the disabled and those with breathing difficulties.

Council advice for taxi passengers:

  • You are advised to wear a face covering when using taxis or private hire vehicles. A taxi driver may be entitled to refuse to accept you if you are not wearing a face covering. Exemptions will be made for very young children, the disabled and those with breathing difficulties.

  • Keep a 2-metre distance from others during your journey, for example at taxi ranks. If you need to be near people you should:

  • Avoid physical contact.

  • Try to face away from other people.

  • Keep the time you spend near other people as short as possible.

  • Follow the advice of the driver. For example, you may be asked to sit in the back left-hand side if travelling alone.

  • Check with your taxi or private hire operator before travelling to see if they have put any additional measures in place.

  • Use contactless payments if possible or find out if you can pay online in advance.

  • Be aware of the surfaces you touch.

  • After your journey, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or sanitise your hands as soon as possible.

, Carlisle Taxi Company

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The council says it is important that people do not use medical grade PPE masks to ensure these remain available for frontline staff.