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Covid-19 – The compulsory wearing of a face covering in shops Posted on 22 Jul 2020

As you will be aware from the 24th July for shops, it is a requirement that people wear face masks or covering.  The government guidance  on exemptions suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption, therefore it should be sufficient for an individual to self-declare this.

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/shop owner).

In addition to this please view the information on the following link - https://www.keepsafe.org.uk/mask - please refer to ‘carry a card’ section which may be helpful.

The Practice is therefore unable to provide letters of support for those who fall under the list of exemptions.  

Thank you


The introduction of the requirement for people to wear a face covering whilst in a shop is intended to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

There are certain groups of people who are exempt from this requirement and they include:

  • children under the age of 11,
  • people with disabilities
  • those with breathing difficulties or
  • those who are travelling with someone who relies on lip reading.

These groups of people, their parents or guardians are able to indicate the reason, if required, as to why they are not wearing a face covering.

General practice is under considerable pressure as a direct result of the current challenges they are faced with delivering a service to patients at the same time as coping with the consequences of this virus.

There is no requirement for general practice to issue letters for patients who are unable to wear face coverings, as the Government have clearly defined the exemptions to this requirement.

General practice needs to focus all its time and effort managing those who need their help and not be diverted from this by unnecessary tasks.

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