Face Coverings Important Information

The Gov.Uk website confirms that patients need to self-identify if they feel that they have a medical exemption to wearing a face mask . It is not appropriate to ask for a note from your GP, and the government guidance is quoted below

The requirement to wear a face covering does not apply if you have a reasonable excuse not to. Reasonable excuses include:

  • 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

If you are concerned about returning to work after a period of furlough or shielding then you can complete an online risk assessment here www.gov.uk/coronavirus-employee-risk-assessment

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) makes it clear that employers are responsible for doing a risk assessment of their employees, and ensuring their business is Covid secure, www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/working-safely/work-from-home.htm

There is some specific advice on face coverings at work, www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/ppe-face-masks/face-coverings-and-face-masks.htm

We hope this is helpful for you, and that this clarifies why the Practice is not issuing any letters in support of exemption from face covering regulations