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Who is exempt from wearing face coverings when the law changes on July 24th 2020?

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The government has confirmed that from July 24 (Friday), masks will have to be worn. This is a mandatory rule that will be enforced across England.

The government said employers should recommend the wearing of a face masks within the workplace, However workers in the  will not required to wear a mask, especially where other safety measures are being used.

According to government guidelines, shoppers are not required to wear face masks for the following legitimate reasons:

  •  If a police officer or other official requests you remove your face covering.
  •  If putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress.
  •  Not being able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability.
  •  To avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others.
  •  To avoid injury, or to escape a risk of harm, and you do not have a face covering with you.
  •  To eat or drink, but only if you need to.
  •  To take medication.
  •  Young children under the age of 11.


  •  If asked for age identification or if you are speaking to someone who relies on lip reading for communication.

If you fit into any of theses categories you can also be permitted to remove a face covering. However if you are not you could be issued a fine of £100 or in some extreme cases can be taken into police custody. If you are arrested by the police for not wearing a face covering and would like 24 hour emergency representation give us a call on 02077379339.