Covid-19 Covid-19 FAQs Who is exempt from wearing a face mask? This is current government guidance last updated 25 July 2020 and available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#exemptions-face-coverings You do not need to wear a face covering if you have a legitimate reason not to. This includes (but is not limited to): young children under the age of 11 (Public Health England do not recommended face coverings for children under the age of 3 for health and safety reasons) not being able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress if you are travelling with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate to avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others to avoid injury, or to escape a risk of harm, and you do not have a face covering with you to eat or drink if reasonably necessary in order to take medication if a police officer or other official requests you remove your face covering There are also scenarios when you are permitted to remove a face covering when asked: if asked to do so in a bank, building society, or post office for identification if asked to do so by shop staff or relevant employees for identification, the purpose of assessing health recommendations, such as a pharmacist, or for age identification purposes including when buying age restricted products such as alcohol if speaking with people who rely on lip reading, facial expressions and clear sound. Some may ask you, either verbally or in writing, to remove a covering to help with communication Exemption Cards 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. This is a personal choice and is not necessary in law. 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. Written evidence includes exemption cards. Access exemption card templates here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own For exemptions in different parts of the UK please refer to the specific guidance for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.