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Face coverings and exemptions for health or equality reasons

Updated 12 April 2021

You must wear a face covering in many indoor settings, such as shops and places of worship, and on public transport, unless you are exempt or have a reasonable excuse. This is the law. Read guidance on face coverings.

Who is exempt?

Some people are exempt from wearing a face covering in public for health or equality reasons. The government guidance says when you do not need to wear a face covering.

Where to get an exemption card

If you are exempt you may feel more comfortable showing an exemption card. Exemption cards are available from the following organisations:

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