Exemption from Face Coverings

The Scottish Government has announced face coverings are mandatory "in shops and on public transport and public transport premises such as railway and bus stations and airports. This applies to open-air railway platforms, but not to bus stops". [Source: Scottish Government website.]

We would encourage all patients to wear a face mask or face covering when coming into the practice.

However, there are exemptions for those who are not able to wear a face covering for specific medical reasons. Importantly, you DO NOT need evidence from your GP of your exemption.

The Scottish Government advise the following:

"You may also have a reasonable excuse not to wear a face covering if, for example: you have a health condition or you are disabled and a face covering would be inappropriate because it would cause difficulty, pain or severe distress or anxiety or because you cannot apply a covering and wear it in the proper manner safely and consistently. Individual discretion should be applied in considering the use of face coverings for other children including, for example, children with breathing difficulties and disabled children who would struggle to wear a face covering."

(Source: Scottish Government; accessed: 15 July 2020)

Transport Scotland advise:

"You must wear a face covering when using public transport in order to prevent the transmission of the virus. For children under 5 years of age or those with particular health conditions who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of any physical or mental illness or impairment or disability or without severe distress an exemption applies. There is no requirement to obtain evidence in the form of a letter from a doctor or government that you are exempt. If you have a condition which means you cannot wear a face covering you need only advise if asked that you cannot wear a face covering because you are exempt for one of the reasons listed..."

(Source: Transport Scotland; accessed: 15 July 2020)

Further Information

While you do not need to prove to anyone that you are exempt, if it would make you feel more confident in public, there are various exemption cards you can print out and carry with you. Accessible Travel Hub has an exemption card available, with links to other resources.

Further advice, including how to make a face covering, is available from the Scottish Government, and Transport Scotland have a guide about how to travel safely.

Posted: 26 June 2020 (updated 15 July 2020)

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