Face covering must be worn in shops and supermarkets from 24th July 2020
From Friday 24 July in England, it will be mandatory to wear a face covering in shops and supermarkets, as well as on public transport.
You can watch a HM Government and NHS video explaining this by clicking here
They are exemptions to wearing a face covering where they are mandated, which include young children, people with breathing difficulties and people living with a disability.
To view the full exemptions visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own#exemptions-to-wearing-a-face-covering-where-they-are-mandated
You do not need to wear a face covering if you have a legitimate reason not to, this includes not being able to wear one due to:
- disability, learning disability or if you are autistic
- lung and breathing conditions
- physical or mental illness
- severe distress
- supporting someone who uses lip reading
- escaping harm or injury
- needing to eat, drink or take medication
People may not always be understanding and may try and tell you to wear a mask in shops or public transport.
If you are worried you can use an exemption card to show people, which you can print it out or download to display your phone by clicking here