It is mandatory to wear a face covering in shops and supermarkets unless you are exempt for health, age or equality reasons.
Some people may feel more comfortable showing something that says they do not have to wear a face covering. This could be in the form of an exemption card, badge or even a home-made sign.
Link to gov.uk exemption card and badge.
Many people are deciding to wear the 'hidden disability' lanyard, which is available from participating supermarkets.
Using an exemption card/lanyard is a personal choice and is not necessary in law.
Who is eligible to be exempt from wearing a face covering?
You are exempt from wearing a face covering if you:
- Are aged 11 and below (children under the age of three must not wear face coverings or masks, they are potentially dangerous and can cause choking and suffocation.)
- Have a physical or mental illness, impairment or disability which makes wearing, putting on or removing difficult
- Will suffer severe distress when putting on/wearing or removing
- Are providing assistance to someone relying upon lip reading to communicate