Face Coverings on Public Transport and in Shops

Covid-19 – The compulsory wearing of a face covering in shops & on public transport
The introduction of the requirement for people to wear a face covering whilst in a shop or while using public transport is intended to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
There are certain groups of people who are exempt from this requirement and they include:
children under the age of 11,
people with disabilities
those with breathing difficulties or
those who are travelling with someone who relies on lip reading.
These groups of people, their parents or guardians are able to indicate the reason, if required, as to why they are not wearing a face covering.
There is no requirement for general practice to issue letters for patients who are unable to wear face coverings, as the Government have clearly defined the exemptions to this requirement.
General practice is under considerable pressure as a direct result of the current challenges they are faced with delivering a service to patients at the same time as coping with the consequences of this virus.
General practice needs to focus all its time and effort managing those who need their help and not be diverted from this by unnecessary tasks.
Many thanks for your help and support in this matter.
For more information on face masks see https://www.keepsafe.org.uk/mask

You can also visit www.asthma.org.uk or the British Lung Foundation at www.Blf.org.uk where you can download an exemption card.
Travel providers such as www.FirstGroup.com and www.gwr.com have further information for users of transport services.
Hidden disabilities also have an exemption card available to order at
The Partners
Elm Hayes Surgery