Face covering exemption information

Monday, August 17, 2020

Sefton residents are asked to be mindful of people who are exempt from wearing a face covering. The list of exemptions, which has been in place since face coverings became mandatory on public transport, includes hidden conditions such as anxiety or panic disorders, autism, breathing difficulties, dementia, reduced vision or if you are with someone who relies on lip reading to communicate.

Under the regulations, members of the public will need to wear face coverings that cover the nose and mouth in shops, supermarkets, shopping centres and transport hubs, to help curb the spread of the virus.

People are not required to prove they are exempt and it is for individuals to choose how they would want to communicate this to others. For those who would feel more comfortable showing something that says they do not have to wear a face covering, exemption cards are available to print or display on mobile phones from gov.uk.

The Alzheimer's Society has created exemption cards which may be useful for those with dementia who either gets distressed wearing a face covering, or can’t understand a person who does wear one. Click here to download the cards to print.

Remember, for full details of where to wear a face covering and when, and how to make your own, visit the Gov.UK website. 

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