Wearing face-coverings is mandatory in shops, supermarkets and public transport in England (from 24 July), Scotland (from 10 July) and on public transport in Northern Ireland (from 10 July).
Those affected by Ectodermal Dysplasia will be feeling anxious and may struggle wearing face masks due to breathing problems, overheating and other issues.
The ED Society have created a face covering exemption card which indicates that you have ectodermal dysplasia, and have a reasonable excuse not to wear a face-covering.
(Please note this is artwork only which is available to you for FREE, allowing you to print/create your exempt card).
Who is exempt from wearing a face mask in the UK?
Please click on the links below for the government guidelines on who is exempt in your region from wearing face coverings.
Are there any exceptions to the rule?
Yes, there are some exceptions, which the government have outlined as ‘reasonable’ reasons for not wearing a mask. These 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 travelling with or providing assistance to, someone who relies on lip-reading to communicate
How does the Ectodermal Dysplasia face-covering exemption card help me?
The Ectodermal Dysplasia face-covering exemption card indicates that the wearer has a hidden disability/ectodermal dysplasia and has a reasonable excuse for not wearing a face covering.
However, please note that shops and public transport can still refuse you entry if you are not wearing a face covering.
Will I be fined for not wearing a face covering?
Premises where face coverings are required should take reasonable steps to promote compliance with the law.
The police can take measures if members of the public do not comply with this law without a valid exemption and transport operators can deny access to their public transport services if a passenger is not wearing a face covering, or direct them to wear one or leave a service.
If necessary the police and Transport for London (TfL) officers have enforcement powers, including issuing fines of £200 (reduced to £100 if paid within 14 days) for the first offence.
Repeat offenders receiving fines on public transport or in an indoor setting will have their fines doubled at each offence.
After the first offence there will be no discount. For example, receiving a second fine will amount to £400 and a third fine will be £800, up to a maximum value of £6,400.