Face Coverings

Face Coverings

It is mandatory for most people (unless they have a genuine reason not to, see the Exemption section further down this page) to wear a face covering in all indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult and where we come into contact with people we do not normally meet.

These include:

Face coverings should also be worn in indoor places not listed above where possible, especially if it is a place where you may come in to contact with people you do not usually meet. You can find more information about when to wear a face covering by visiting the Government's face covering's page.

A face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mouth. You can buy or make reusable or single-use face coverings. You may also use a scarf, bandana, religious garment or hand-made cloth covering but these must securely fit round the side of the face.

Please have a look at the face coverings page on the Government website to find out more about the rules and what may happen if you don't wear one. You can also visit the Government website to find out how to make your own face covering.


You will be exempt from having to wear a face covering/mask if you:

If you are unsure about whether or not you are exempt you can check the full list of exemptions on gov.uk.

Guidance is clear that children under the age of three years should not wear face coverings or masks

If you have a medical condition that means you are unable to wear a face covering, you do not need a letter from your healthcare professional to prove this.  In this situation you will still be able to enter shops and use public transport and you will not be fined for not wearing one. You can, however, choose to carry a card that explains why you are not wearing a face cover to show to people.

Downloadable exemption cards

Please select one of the following images to view and save a larger version of the card that is relevent to you. These cards were created by our provider Navigo. You can also download and print a page (PDF) that features all of the cards and cut out the one that suits your needs.

Helpful resources for wearing and encouraging the use of face coverings

Where possible, it's important to try and encourage children and young people to wear face coverings. This article has some good advice here about how to support young people in using/tolerating masks or face coverings. 

Although the following link is to an article that is specifically about those who have autism, many of the tips could be used with most young people who are showing reluctance. Please visit  www.autismnj.org/article/helping-individuals-with-autism-wear-face-masks/ (external link) to find out more.