Following the release of government guidance regarding the wearing of face masks in various public settings (including the circumstances where an individual might be exempt), practices are reporting increases in requests from patients for letters of exemption.
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. Practices are not required to provide letters of support for those who fall under the list of exemptions.
Masks in Surgery
We ask that all patients wear a mask or face covering when they attend either of our surgeries if possible.
Self-Print Assistance Cards
Keepsafe.org.uk and Photosymbols have produced cards that patients can print themselves and use in public to exempt them from the need to wear a face covering. Alternatively, save the image on your phone to show when needed.
Current guidance advices that a face covering should be worn in enclosed spaces to protect others against the spread of infection by covering the nose and the mouth.
Those who have an age, health or disability reason for not wearing a face covering should not be routinely asked to give any written evidence of this, this includes exemption cards. No person needs to seek advice or request a letter from a medical professional about their reason for not wearing a face covering.
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.
The Gov.UK website provides a range of exemption cards that can be printed or saved and used on your mobile phone or similar device. These can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own
We encourage you to wear a face mask or covering wherever possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other virus.
Please only use these cards of exemption if it is absolutely necessary.