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Coronavirus (COVID-19): face coverings and masks

Published: 30 Oct 2020
Last updated: 18 Oct 2021 - see all updates

Rules and guidance on wearing face coverings and masks, including exemptions.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): face coverings and masks
Face covering exemption cards

Face covering exemption cards

Some people who have a disability or health condition may not be able to wear a face covering safely or comfortably.

If you are exempt under the law from wearing a face covering you don’t need to prove this.

If you are exempt, you should not be:

  • forced to wear a face covering
  • treated in an unacceptable way
  • denied access to places where face coverings are required

If you cannot wear a face covering, you can get an exemption card. This card is designed to support people who are exempt to feel more confident and safer in places where face coverings are required.

To request an exemption card you:

We ask for people to be aware of the exemptions and to treat each other with kindness, especially when asking why someone is not wearing a face covering.


First published: 30 Oct 2020 Last updated: 18 Oct 2021 -