New rules require people to wear a face covering or mask on public transport, in shops and a number of other indoor settings – visit our article on face mask exemptions for more details. If someone doesn’t adhere to the rules, they can be fined £100 or more for not doing so.
But, if they have a medical condition or disability that makes it difficult for them to wear one, they can self-certify as being exempt from having to wear one.
To help ensure disabled people don’t get fined when they’re genuinely exempt, we’ve created an exemption card.
The bright red lanyard has ‘MASK EXEMPT’ written in white capital letters. The credit card-sized ID badge further explains their mask exemption as being due to a “disability/health condition”. Both can be shown and read at a safe distance.
The pocked-sized design of the ID card and lanyard means it can be stored in a coat or bag making it easy to access.
The lanyard is 20mm wide and made of recycled materials. It has a ‘safety break’ clip that detaches in case the lanyard gets caught or tangled. It can also be easily reclosed. The ID card comes in an open-faced ID cardholder.
Please note that although our card gives an easy visual aid to staff of your exemption, as people can self-certify, it’s not an absolute guarantee that someone won’t be stopped or asked for more information.
These cards are ONLY designed for people with a GENUINE ‘legitimate or reasonable reason‘ for not wearing a mask, as listed under Government guidelines. If you do not have a valid reason, you’re likely to be fined.