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Face masks and coverings

Guidance for patients requesting exemption letters

Some patients might be anxious about the Government’s recent announcements around the use of face masks in various public settings. These have been required on public transport for some time, and from 24th July, they will be required when entering shops.

Some people do not have to wear a face mask owing to health, age or equality reasons.

GPs are unable to provide individual risk assessments or letters for patients who are or feel that they should be exempt from wearing a face mask.

Please click the following link for latest Government guidelines on face coverings and exemptions to wearing a face covering where they are mandated https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own

Exemption cards or badges

Some people may feel more comfortable showing something that says they do not have to wear a face covering. This could be in the form of an exemption card, badge or even a home-made sign.

This is a personal choice, and is not necessary in law.

Those who have an age, health or disability reason to not wear a face covering should not be routinely asked to provide any written evidence of this. Written evidence includes exemption cards.

If you would like to use an exemption card, please click the following links

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own

From Public Health England:

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