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?
In England and Scotland, those who do not adhere to the rules face a fine of up to £100. It will be reduced to £50 if paid within 14 days.
Compulsory mask-wearing will be enforced by police, according to the government, rather than shop owners and staff themselves, who can call the police or refuse the person entry.