Face Mask Exemptions

We are aware that some patients might be understandably anxious about the Government’s recent announcements around the use of face masks in various public settings.

GPs are unfortunately not in a position to provide individual risk assessments or letters for patients who feel that they should be exempt from wearing a face mask.

The responsibility for issuing exemptions lies with the transport provider, not your GP.

Similarly, practices are under no obligation to provide letters of support for anyone who does not fall under the list of exemptions but considers them to have another reason to be exempted.

Some people don’t have to wear a face covering including for health, age or equality reasons.

To find out if you are exempt from wearing a face mask, please visit the NHS website: www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#exemptions-face-coverings

We hope that this guidance provides some reassurance for you on this issue.