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Facial Coverings and Exemption Cards Update July 2020
Posted on 27 Nov 2020
The wearing of masks by staff and face coverings by the public will play a role in preventing the spread of infection so that patients and visitors can attend practices without fear of contamination. It will also reduce the risk of a whole team within a practice being required to self-isolate should one member contract COVID-19.
It is now mandatory to wear facial coverings on public transport and to wear a facial covering in shops/supermarkets.
To find out;
- when you can take your mask off
- to learn about different types of masks
- how to be safe wearing a mask
- if you’re exempt from wearing a mask
Please click here for more information on face masks
Supplying face mask exemption letters to patients
Our Practice (like many others) is seeing an increase in requests from patients for letters of exemption to wear face masks in various public settings. The Government guidance suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption. It should be sufficient for someone to declare that they are eligible for an exemption direct with the person questioning them (e.g. bus driver).
The BMA has indicated that practices are therefore not required to provide letters of support for those who fall under the list of exemptions, or to those who do not fall under the list of exemptions.
Some transport providers are providing evidence of exemptions themselves.
Being Exempt from Wearing a Face Mask
We understand that some people can’t wear a face mask or covering because of a disability or severe distress.
The link below provides Learning Disability Exemption Cards, Autism Exemption Cards and Parent and Child Exemption Cards. Download the PDF below to print your exemption card
Face Covering Exemption Cards