North East UK news Everyone who is eligible for a face mask exemption card - and how to get one MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Asda, Resco and Waitrose have become the latest retailers to say they will deny entry to shoppers who do not wear face coverings unless they are medically exempt
Breaking News ! As England went into a third national lockdown, many supermarkets launched a crackdown on customers not wearing masks without a medical exemption. Asda, Resco and Waitrose have become the latest retailers to say they will deny entry to shoppers who do not wear face coverings unless they are medically exempt. It follows a similar move by Morrisons, while Sainsbury's says it will challenge those who flout the law, The Mirror reports. The government's medical advisors say face coverings reduce the spread of coronavirus droplets from coughs, sneezes and speaking. They should mainly be worn to protect other people from coronavirus, rather than yourself. 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. Read More Related Articles Lockdown 3.0 survey: Tell us what you think about supermarkets, nurseries and even tougher rules Read More Related Articles Jet2 suspends flights and holidays as Covid crisis soars 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.
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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 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. "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," the Hidden Disabilities website explains. "However, please note that shops and public transport can still refuse you entry if you are not wearing a face covering." You can find out more here.
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