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  • Face Covering Exemption Card Scheme Closure

    Created: 19/09/2023
    News/Events Category: General News

    Following recent discussions with the Scottish Government, Disability Equality Scotland now confirm that the Face Covering Exemption project will close after almost three years of support at 12 noon on Friday 22 September 2023.

    There are no COVID-19 rules or restrictions in Scotland. We are now living with COVID-19 as one of a number of respiratory infections. Guidance is still in place for those experiencing symptoms of a respiratory infection including COVID-19. Respect for those who are unable to wear a face covering and other people’s choices is acknowledged and encouraged as part of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland – (

    The original aim of this project was to ensure that individuals could obtain a card which could be used to exempt them from wearing a face covering when visiting public places – or on public transport – where a face covering was either required or strongly recommended in line with the then-COVID regulations set by Scottish Ministers.

    Disability Equality Scotland are tremendously proud to have delivered this project – on behalf of the Scottish Government – over the last three years and to have supported over 250,000 individuals to access a face covering exemption card.

    The Face Covering Exemption Card scheme will close on 22 September 2023. Cards can be requested through until 12 noon on 22 September 2023. Cards already in circulation have no time limitation and can continue to be used.

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