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Disabled people exempt from wearing face coverings under new government guidance

By July 27, 2020National News

Published 24th July 

The public are asked to be mindful of people who are exempt from wearing a face covering. The list of exemptions (opens in a new tab) 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. (opens in a new tab) 

For more information go to the Government website (opens in a new tab) 

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