Sunday 12th July 2020
Face Coverings Available At Metro Stations

Face masks are on sale from vending machines on the Tyne and Wear Metro system.

Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, has made them available to help customers get access to a face covering on the go.

It costs £3.70 for a pack of five masks. Nexus is not making any profit from selling them system, which uses the current drinks & snack vending machines by supplier Selecta, at 12 of Nexus stations.

Customer Services Director, Huw Lewis, said in a Nexus statement: “The Selecta vending machines on the Metro network are now selling face masks for people who need them. This is to help customers who need access to a face covering on the go and who don’t have one with them. The vending machines are stocked up with supplies of the surgical face masks that are sold in packs of five. These are being sold at cost price, so Metro isn’t profiting from this."

This follows new regulations in England that have required passengers on buses, trains, planes & light rail including the Metro to wear face coverings when travelling since 15th June 2020. Children under the age of 11, disabled people, and those with breathing difficulties are exempt from wearing a face covering.

People are still advised to use their own face coverings, either a scarf, snood or bandana, where possible. It is so easy to make your own from an old t-shirt, bandana or to use a scarf. You find out official guideance on how to do this and save money by visiting the official Government page by clicking here.

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