On 24 July 2020, The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) Regulations 2020 came into force which requires members of the public to wear face coverings whilst inside a 'relevant place', with the aim to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).
You can be fined up to £100 for not doing so.
A 'relevant place' includes shops, shopping centres, banks, post offices and transport hubs, subject to certain exceptions.
The law makes it possible for certain situations and conditions to be exempt from face covering. This includes those with a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability (within the meaning of section 6 of the Equality Act 2010 or those who cannot wear or remove a face covering without distress.
Will I be asked to provide any evidence of my disability?
Maybe, probably. More than likely.
What evidence can I use?
The UK Government have created online PDF attachments of exemption cards which can be downloaded for mobile phone use.
But for those with difficulties navigating through a mobile phone or who would prefer a visible copy in print, we are giving away a very limited amount of FREE face exemption badges that we have printed and assembled (using the governments official design). These badges come in a clear plastic holder with a neck strap lanyard fully assembled.
These badges are intended for people with the conditions specified in The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) Regulations 2020.
We are a small but growing social enterprise with limited resources and can only offer a single badge per family on this occasion.
Please note that wearing an exemption badge is a personal choice and not mandatory but we know that for some parents or the young person they look after with needs may feel more comfortable showing something that says they do not have to wear a face covering.
Dispatch and delivery may take up to 3 working days.