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  • Disability Equality Scotland - face covering exemptions

    Created: 15/07/2020

    The use of face coverings is now mandatory in Scotland in shops and on public transport - however it is important to recognise that not everyone can wear one. People are exempt from wearing face coverings if:

    • they have a disability or health condition that means they cannot put a covering on;
    • a covering will cause them severe distress or anxiety;
    • they need to communicate with someone who relies on lip reading; or
    • they have a reasonable need to eat, drink or take medicine

    There is no requirement to obtain evidence in the form of a letter from a doctor or government that you are exempt. If you have a condition which means you cannot wear a face covering you need only advise if asked that you cannot wear a face covering because you are exempt for one of the reasons listed above. Disability Equality Scotland has published resources on its website - including a Face Covering Exemption Card - for people to access. 

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