Wearing Face Coverings and Exemptions

What’s a face covering?

In the context of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, a face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mouth. You can buy reusable or single-use face coverings.

You may also use a scarf, bandana, religious garment or hand-made cloth covering but these must securely fit round the side of the face.

There are some places where you must wear a face covering by law, which includes wearing a face covering or mask if you visit the Practice. For a list of these click here.

In settings where face coverings are required in England, there are some circumstances where people may not be able to wear a face covering. For a list of these click here.

Exemption cards

If you have an age, health or disability reason for not wearing a face covering:

  • you do not routinely need to show any written evidence of this
  • you do not need show an exemption card

This means that you do not need to seek advice or request a letter from a medical professional about your reason for not wearing a face covering.

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.

If you are eligible and require an exemption card can download and print one by clicking here or you can download a card for your phone by clicking here.

Carrying an exemption card or badge is a personal choice and is not required by law.