- FAQs – Face Mask Regulations ▼
- Video: Face Mask Exemptions and Discrimination Law ▼
- Template Grievance Letter to Employers re Face Masks ▼
FAQs – Face Mask Regulations
Is it the law to wear a face mask in public?
- No. English law makes it clear that you don’t need to wear a mask on public transport or in shops if you are exempt or have a “reasonable excuse”.
- You can find out more about the different rules across the UK on the relevant regional websites:
Do I need a letter from my GP if I’m exempt?
- No, you don’t need to have a disability or a letter from a doctor not to wear a mask – you merely have to state that you are exempt or have a reasonable excuse.
Do I need to carry an exemption card?
- No. If you have an age, health or disability reason for not wearing a face covering:
- you do not routinely need to show any written evidence of this
- you do not need show an exemption card.
You may opt to show, or carry with you, an exemption card – but this is a personal choice and is not necessary in law.
Can my child be forced to wear a face mask at school?
- The advice for schools returning on 8th March 2021 was that “we recommend that face coverings should be worn”. This is a recommendation, and is not mandatory.
- The Department of Education has set out guidance for Face coverings in education published March 2021. This is guidance, not mandatory activity, and any legal exemptions that apply to the wearing of face coverings in shops and on public transport also apply to schools. Children are not required to provide medical evidence or GP letters as verification of face covering exemption.
Face Mask Exemptions and Discrimination Law
Template Grievance Letter to Employers re Face Masks
If you’ve been treated unfairly at work because you’re unable to wear a face mask, you can download and send this formal grievance letter to your employer. All you need to do is fill in the relevant parts with your details.