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FACE coverings became mandatory in Scotland’s shops on July 10 – but not everyone has to wear them.
The First Minister has repeatedly stressed avoid the avoidance of self-policing of the coverings – reminding the public that many people have disabilities which would make them exempt from wearing one.
To help this process, the charity Hidden Disabilities has created a face mask exemption card for anyone with the right requirements to be exempt from the law.
Who is exempt in Scotland?
The Scottish Government website reads: “You may have a reasonable excuse not to wear a face covering if, for example, you have a health condition or you are disabled and a face covering would be inappropriate because it would cause difficulty, pain or severe distress or anxiety or because you cannot apply a covering and wear it in the proper manner safely and consistently.
“Individual discretion should be applied in considering the use of face coverings for other children including, for example, children with breathing difficulties and disabled children who would struggle to wear a face covering”.
Other exemptions include children under five, staff physically seperate by means of screens, you need to take medication, or you are communicating with someone else who relies on lip reading.
Full exemptions can be found here.
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