Guidance

Face coverings: when to wear one and how to make your own

This page explains when to wear a face covering and how to make one.

Documents

Exemption from face covering badge (for mobile phone)

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Exemption from face covering badge (to print)

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Exemption from face covering card (to print)

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Details

This page explains what face coverings are, their role in reducing the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19), the settings in which they are recommended, and how they should be safely used and stored. This information is based on current scientific evidence and is subject to change.

Exemption cards or badges

Some people may feel more comfortable showing something that says they do not have to wear a face covering. This could be in the form of an exemption card, badge or even a home-made sign.

This is a personal choice, and is not necessary in law.

If you would like to use an exemption card you can use the PDF attachments on this page.

Those who have an age, health or disability reason to not wear a face covering should not be routinely asked to provide any written evidence of this. Written evidence includes exemption cards.

Published 14 July 2020
Last updated 31 July 2020 + show all updates
  1. Update to guidance

  2. This page has been updated with information about face mask exemptions

  3. First published.