We are aware that some patients might be understandably anxious about the Government’s recent announcements around the use of face masks in various public settings
GPs are unfortunately not in a position to provide individual risk assessments or letters for patients who feel that they should be exempt from wearing a face mask.
The requirement to wear a face covering does not apply to:
a child under the age of 11
passengers in an allocated cabin, berth or other similar accommodation, when they are alone or with members of their household or support bubble
passengers who remain in their private vehicle while on board public transport, for example on a car ferry
an employee of the transport operator, when they are acting in the course of their employment
any other person providing services to the transport operator, under arrangements made with the transport operator, who is providing those services
a constable or police community support officer acting in the course of their duty
an emergency responder such as a paramedic or fire officer acting in the course of their duty
an official, for example a border force officer, acting in the course of their duties
You also do not need to wear a face covering if you have a good reason not to. This includes:
if you have a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability that means you cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering
if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering would cause you severe distress
if you are travelling with, or providing assistance to, someone who relies on lip reading to communicate
if you are travelling to avoid injury or escape the risk of harm, and you do not have a face covering with you
if you need to remove it during your journey to avoid harm or injury or the risk of harm or injury to yourself or others
if you need to eat, drink, or take medication you can remove your face covering
if you are asked to remove your face covering by a police officer or other official, for example to check your railcard
When to wear a face covering
There are some places where you must wear a face covering by law. Different rules exist in different parts of the UK about which you can find out more on the relevant regional websites.
Please follow the guidelines from England while you attend Loughborough University.
- Northern Ireland