Face Coverings and Exemption Letters

As most will know it is now mandatory to wear a face-covering on public transport in England in shops and supermarkets as of 24th July 2020.

The government guidance suggests that there is no requirement for evidence for exemption.  The expectation is that if you feel you shouldn’t need to wear a mask due to a particular reason it is ok for you just to declare that yourself to the person questioning them eg the bus driver.

GP Practices are not expected therefore to provide letters of support for anyone who might consider themselves to be exempted.

The official guidance from the government which can be found here states that you do not need to wear a face-covering if you have a legitimate reason not to include:

  • young children under the age of 11
  • 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 traveling with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip-reading to communication
  • to avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others
  • to avoid injury, or to escape the risk of harm, and you do not have a face-covering with you
  • to eat or drink, but only if you need to
  • to take medication
  • if a police officer or other official requests you remove your face covering

Some more information relating to this can be found here:


Some exemption cards individuals may find useful can be found here: