Exemption Information For Wearing a Face Covering And The Law

Updated: Aug 3, 2020

Good afternoon, So I have received some questions about face coverings.

I have now done some research and found out this information to share with you.

The information I have got is direct from the government page which I'll leave a link for I also have a link for wear you can get a exemption card from to, which will all follow at the end.

Reasons to wear a face covering.

Different regulation exist for wearing face coverings in different parts of the UK

Northern Ireland



In England you must wear a face covering by Law in the following settings.

  • Public transport

  • Indoor transport hubs

  • (airports, rail and tram stations and terminals)

  • shops and supermarkets

  • (Places which are open to the public and that wholly or mainly offer goods or services for retail sale or hire.)

  • Indoor shopping centres

  • Banks, building societies, and post offices (Including credit unions, short term loan providers, saving clubs and money service business.)

You are expected to wear a face covering immediately before entering any of these settings and must keep it on until you leave.

You are also strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in other enclosed public spaces where social distancing may be difficult and where you come into contact with people you don't normally meet.

Face Coverings are also needed in NHS settings, including hospitals and primary or community care settings, such as GP Surgeries.

They are advised to be worn in care homes. Individual settings may have their own policies and require you to take other measures.

Where This Law Does Not Apply.

Face coverings are required to be worn in any shops, including food shops and supermarkets, but are not required in hospitality settings, Including restaurants with table service, bars, and pubs.

They are also not required in entertainment venues (such as cinemas or casinos)

Visitor attractions (Such as heritage sites or museums)

exercise and sports venues (such as gyms)

Where a shop is within another premises which does not require a face covering (such as a museum or other visitor attraction.)

They are required in the shop only.

Check for signage upon entry and exit to know when this is the case.

Enforcement Measures For Failing To Comply With This Law.

Measures can be taken if people do not comply with this law without a valid exemption.

Shops, Supermarkets and other premises where Face Coverings are required and encouraged to take reasonable steps to promote compliance with the Law and could refuse entry to anyone who dose not have a valid exemption.

Transport operators can deny access to their public transport services if a passenger is not wearing a Face Covering, or direct them to wear one or leave a service if they are not wearing a face covering.

If necessary, the police and transport for London (TFL) Officers have enforcement powers including using fines of £100 (Halving to £50 if paid within 14 days)

When You Do Not Need To Wear a Face Covering

In settings where face coverings are required in England, there are some circumstances, for Health, age or equality reasons, where people are not expected to wear Face Coverings.

Please be mindful and respectful of such circumstances, noting that some people are less able to wear face coverings and that the reasons for this may not be visible to others.

It is not compulsory for shop or supermarket staff to transport workers to wear face coverings although employers may consider their use where appropriate and where other mitigations are not in place.

Employers should continue to follow COVID-19 secure guidelines to reduce the proximity and duration of contact between employees.

You do not need to wear a face covering if you have a legitimate reason to.

This includes (But is not limited to)

*Young children under the age of 11 (Public Health England do not recommended Face Coverings for children under the age of 3 for health and safety reasons.)

*Not being able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability

*If putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress.

* If you are travelling with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate.

*To avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others.

*To avoid injury, or to escape a risk of harm and you do not have face covering with you.

*To eat and drink if reasonably necessary.

*In order to take medication.

*If a police officer or other official request you can remove your face covering.

There are also scenarios when you are permitted to remove a face covering when asked

* If asked to do so in a bank, building society or post office for identification.

* If asked to do so by shop staff or relevant employees for identification. The purpose of assessing health recommendations, such as a pharmacist or for age identification purposes including when buying age restricted products such as alcohol.

* If speaking with people who rely on lip reading, facial expressions and clear sound.

Some may ask you, either verbally or in writing, to remove a covering to help with communication.

Exemption Cards

Some people may feel more comfortable showing something 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 for not wearing a face covering should not be routinely asked to give any written evidence of this. Written evidence includes exemption cards.

I have done some looking around and found a few places where you can get a exemption card ie, the NHS but you have to print them out or you can go to the sunflower page where you can get the Lanyard and you can order exemption card and other things.


I hope this has helped some of you answer some questions, if there is anything else that you would like to know I'll do my best to find out just message me or email me thank you for reading!

see you soon.

Here are a couple of pictures to show you what you get when they arrive!

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