You must wear a face covering by law in the following settings:
- Public transport and indoor transport hubs like airports and railway stations
- Shops, supermarkets, and indoor shopping centres
- Banks, building societies, and post offices
Face coverings are also needed in NHS settings and are advised to be worn in care homes. Individual settings may have their own policies and require you to take other measures.
You do not need to wear a face covering if you have a legitimate reason not. This includes:
- Young children under the age of 11 (Public Health England does not recommend face coverings for children under the age of 3 for health and safety reasons)
- Not being able to put on, wear, or remove a face covering becuase of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
- If putting on, wearing, or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
- If you are travelling with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate
Government guidance does not require you to provide evidence of exemption. Self-declaration is sufficient, you do not need to have a letter from your GP. Below are printable badges and cards for you to take with you when going out.