Face Masks - Exemption Documentation 


GP surgeries will not be providing any form of exemption documentation for people who choose not to wear face masks. Although we cannot endorse them, the charity "Hidden Disabilities" is providing non-validated, but potentially helpful exemption cards, for 55p each.


The government has stated that whilst face masks have already been made compulsory on public transport, they will be required from July 24 in:

  • Supermarkets
  • Shops
  • Banks
  • Sandwich shops
  • Takeaways 
  • Beauty salons

According to the government, in England you are exempt from face masks if:

  • young children under the age of 11
  • 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, but only if you need to
  • to take medication
  • if a police officer or other official requests you remove your face covering

GP surgeries are not required to provide any documentation about this matter. Please do not contact us about this as we are not in a position to assist you and you may be making it more difficult for a patient to access medical care. It is the decision of an adult whether or not a face mask is worn and that adult can discuss this with shop owners or police as they feel appropriate. Bear in mind that the mask protects both the other person and you from transmission of Covid-19.

Published: Jul 23, 2020