FACE COVERINGS: Who is exempt from the mandatory mask ruling?


From Friday, face coverings will be made mandatory for shoppers to wear across all retail outlets.

Mobility retailers, like supermarkets and clothes shops, will have to ensure customers browsing in-store have their faces covered up.

Those who do not comply with the rules can face a fine of up to £100.

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However, despite the blanket rule, there are some people who are exempt from the fines and do not have to wear a covering.

Government explained that in some cases, such as for health or age reasons, people will not be required to cover faces.

This can include reasons related to risk, mental or physical illness or because of age:

  • If you are not able to wear, remove or put on a face covering due to physical or mental illness or impairment or disability
  • Young children aged under 11
  • If putting on, wearing or removing a face mask will cause you severe distress
  • If you are travelling with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate
  • To avoid injury or harm, or the risk of injury or harm to yourself or others
  • To take medication
  • To eat and drink, but only if you need to
  • If a police officer or other official asks you to remove it

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