Liverpool news All those eligible for face mask exemption cards after crackdown MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Many supermarkets are now banning shoppers without a face mask unless they are medically exempt
Breaking News ! Supermarkets are cracking down on customers who don't wear a face mask in their stores during England's third lockdown. Asda, Tesco and Waitrose have become the latest shops to warn they will deny entry to shoppers without a face covering, unless they are medically exempt. It follows a similar move by Morrisons, while Sainsbury's says it will challenge those who flout the law - reports Chronicle Live. The government's medical advisors say face coverings reduce the spread of coronavirus droplets from coughs, sneezes and speaking. When worn correctly, they should cover the nose and mouth, which are the main confirmed sources of transmission. They can help to reduce the spread of the virus from people who are contagious, including those who have no symptoms, or are yet to develop them. In England, face coverings must be worn on public transport, in shops, supermarkets, banks, post offices, places of worship, museums, galleries, entertainment venues and libraries. People can be refused travel for not following the rules or fined as a last resort. In England, the police can issue a £200 fine to someone breaking the face covering rules. In Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, a £60 fine can be imposed. Repeat offenders face bigger fines. Sign up for a new-look Echo newsletter It's never been more important to stay in touch with the news, so subscribe now to the Liverpool Echo newsletter. Twice a day, seven days a week, we'll deliver the biggest stories straight to your inbox. We'll also send special breaking news emails too for the latest stories that matter. You won't miss a thing. How do I sign up? It's free, easy and takes no time at all. First just click on this link to our newsletter sign-up centre. Once you're there, put your email address where it says at the top, then click on the Echo Daily News button.
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Face mask exemptions - all you need to know The government currently says you don't have to wear a covering if you have "a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability" and would experience "severe distress" from doing so. This includes: Children (under 11 in England or Wales, under 13 in Northern Ireland, under five in Scotland) If you're travelling with someone who requires lip-reading Those unable to put on or wear a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or disability People for whom wearing or removing a face covering will cause severe distress Anyone assisting someone who relies on lip reading to communicate To eat, drink or take medication If you are travelling with someone who requires lip-reading or reading facial expressions, wearing a mask will not be compulsory. The new rule will not apply to retail staff, but will apply to all members of the public. Children under 11 are also exempt. Find your nearest vaccination centre by using your postcode below
What is the face mask exemption card? The Government says you will not be asked to show written evidence if you're not wearing a face mask - with supermarkets and shops urged to be mindful towards those who may have special circumstances. However, exemption cards and badges are available if you're worried about being stopped. This is a personal choice, and is not necessary in law. You can get an exemption card for free from the government here. It's in the form of an e-document that you can save on your phone. The charity Hidden Disabilities has also created a face mask exemption card for anyone with the right requirements to be exempt from the law. This card simply indicates that you have a hidden disability, illness or impairment and have a reasonable excuse not to wear a face-covering. The card costs 55p, but could provide you with the peace of mind in case you are stopped. It can also make individuals feel better knowing they have something to show, if needed, a reason as to why they are not wearing a mask. The Hidden Disabilities website said: "Businesses who are members of the scheme are aware of our card and provide support, help, assistance or simply a little more time to those wearing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower. "However, please note that shops and public transport can still refuse you entry if you are not wearing a face covering."
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