An increase in fines for people not wearing face masks will increase the pressure on disabled people, the CEO of Disability Right UK has said
The new rules, which came into effect on August 13, will see the £100 fine for a first offence double with every misdemeanour up to a maximum of £3,200.
Kamran Mallick, the CEO of Disability Rights UK, said: “These moves, while designed to protect us all, will place further pressure on disabled people who are exempt from wearing a face covering.
“Not every disability is visible. We have welcomed the government’s commitment to increasing messaging to make the public aware that not everybody is able to wear a face covering, but we are receiving ever increasing reports of disabled people being aggressively challenged or disbelieved by members of the public when they are not wearing masks.”
Adding: “Businesses need to join in government’s intention in clearly displaying signs explaining that not everybody is able to wear a face covering.”