Executive Agency devises resource to spread awareness around mask exemption

Following the current Government guidelines, colleagues in the Disability Unit have been working with Public Health England to design and create a series of downloadable and printable resources to spread awareness and provide clarity around mask exemption for people who would have difficulty with wearing a face covering.

Known as The Face Coverings Exemption Toolkit, the series of resources indicate that an individual is exempt from wearing a face covering because:

  • They have a health condition that means that that individual cannot put on, wear, or remove a face covering.
  •  They are with someone who requires lip-reading to communicate.

Please visit, https://coronavirusresources.phe.gov.uk/stay-alert-to-stay-safe-/resources/face-coverings-exemptions-toolkit/ to access information and downloadable resources.

outline of a facemask

In conjunction with these guidelines, we are now offering a new Mask symbol to be added to your @CredAccessCard to show you have a legitimate and verified reason for exemption.

Current Access Card Holders can request the symbol adding by requesting a review of their application or providing further evidence from a medical professional stating that an exemption is required. This can be submitted, along with a standard £5 reprint fee, here.

For all new Access Card applications please submit the additional evidence as part of the application and explain the issues with wearing a mask in the ‘Anything Else’ section.

copy of Access Card featuring mask symbol

We will be looking to clarify the following two points in the Government guidance around exemptions:

  • If you have a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability that means you cannot put on, wear, or remove a face covering.
  • If putting on, wearing, or removing a face covering would cause you severe distress.

For more information, please visit: https://www.accesscard.org.uk/news/mask-exemptions/

There are other schemes available beside the Access Card, which don’t have a verification process for example, The face mask exemption card lanyard or clip badge, provided by Disability Horizons.

You can find advice and support during this pandemic here.

View our recent press release about Mask Exemptions here