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Face mask exemption card lanyard or clip badge

£4.95£5.95 Inc. VAT

  • Quick to put on and easy to read – it communicates your mask exemption from a safe distance
  • Lightweight and pocket-sized – it can be carried in your coat or bag for use when out and about
  • Durable, long-lasting design and made from recycled materials. The ID card is made of waterproof acrylic (like a credit card), it is not paper or cardboard like some other copycat products.
  • Includes both a printed lanyard ribbon or badge clip and detachable plastic ID card

New rules require people to wear a face covering or mask in most public indoor settings – scroll down below to find out more. If you don’t adhere to the rules, you can be fined up to £200 for not doing so.

But, if you have a medical condition or disability that makes it difficult for you to wear one, you can self-certify as being exempt from having to wear one (scroll down for more details on who these apply to).

To help ensure disabled people don’t get fined when they’re genuinely exempt, we’ve created an exemption card.

Our mask exemption card comes on a lanyard or badge clip. It is a durable, portable pass that you can wear around your neck or pinned to your coat or top while travelling, in shops and or anywhere you need to.

It provides staff and others around you with immediate and simple-to-understand information regarding your mask exemption.

The bright red lanyard has ‘MASK EXEMPT’ written in white capital letters so it is easy to see. The credit card-sized ID badge further explains your mask exemption as being due to a “disability/health condition”. Both can be shown and read at a safe distance.

There is also the option to purchase the ID card with a badge clip instead of a lanyard, which can be worn on shirts, tops or coats.

The pocked-sized design of the ID, badge clip and lanyard means it can be stored in your coat or bag making it easy to access and put around your neck or pin to you.

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.

You can choose:

  • Mask exemption travel card plus lanyard plus badge clip
  • Mask exemption travel card plus lanyard
  • Mask exemption travel card plus badge clip only.

All the face mask exemption cards with lanyards or face mask exemption cards with a badge clip come fully assembled.

If you cannot wear a face covering, you might want to consider our ‘Crystal Gaze‘ face shield. It is extremely lightweight (28g), has superb visibility and gives you some protection from the sneezes and coughing of others.

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 you won’t be stopped or asked for more information. We would recommend that you also have proof of or information about your condition with you, just in case you are asked for it.

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.

Scroll down below for full information on the new face mask rules, official exemptions and how these might apply to you.

We’re now also selling the face mask exemption cards in bulk. They’re perfect for businesses, organisations, workplaces, schools, colleges and more.

Because we are supplying these to many different organisations, schools and agencies, our new batch of cards does not feature the Disability Horizons logo. This has no bearing on the authority or the card.

 

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Face mask legislation and exemptions

On 22nd September, the Government announced new additions to the rules and, for the most part, they are now the same wherever you live in the UK.

Broadly speaking, face masks have to be worn by customers and staff in public indoor places, particularly where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you don’t normally meet.

More specifically, face masks must be worn in the following places, with examples for each area:

  • public transport – aeroplanes, trains, trams and buses
  • transport hubs – airports, rail and tram stations and terminals, maritime ports and terminals, bus and coach stations and terminals
  • taxis and private hire vehicles – both customers and drivers
  • shops and supermarkets – places that offer goods or services for retail sale or hire
  • shopping centres – malls and indoor markets
  • bars, pubs, restaurants, cafes – except when seated at a table to eat or drink
  • places providing legal or financial services – post offices, banks, building societies, high-street solicitors and accountants, credit unions, short-term loan providers, savings clubs and money service businesses.
  • places offering personal care and beauty treatments – hair salons, barbers, nail salons, massage centres, tattoo and piercing parlours
  • visitor attractions and entertainment venues – museums, galleries, cinemas, theatres, concert halls, cultural and heritage sites, aquariums, indoor zoos and visitor farms, bingo halls, amusement arcades, adventure activity centres, indoor sports stadiums, funfairs, theme parks, casinos, skating rinks, bowling alleys, indoor play areas, including soft-play areas
  • funeral service providers – funeral homes, crematoria and burial ground chapels
  • community centres, youth centres and social clubs
  • exhibition halls and conference centres
  • libraries and public reading rooms
  • public areas in hotels and hostels
  • storage and distribution facilities
  • veterinary services
  • places of worship

The list above is from the Government website and for England, but they largely apply elsewhere too. However, there are subtle differences, so please do check the Government website for where you live:

If you’re caught without a face mask, you’ll be denied access to the premises and fined £200 – up from £100. This can be reduced to £100 if it is paid within 14 days.

If you are a repeat offender, the fines will double each time – for example, £400 on the second occurrence and £800 on the third – and there won’t be a discount. Fines can be issued up to a maximum of £6,400.

But there are exemptions. In England and Wales, these rules don’t apply to children under the age of 11 – under 5 in Scotland and 13 in Northern Ireland – and across the UK some disabled people or those with health conditions where there is a legitimate or reasonable reason not to, as listed under Government guidelines. This includes:

  • if you cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
  • if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
  • if you are speaking to or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip-reading, clear sound or facial expressions to communicate.

Other exemptions apply to some employees in indoor settings, such as transport workers, police and emergency workers, and some specific situations, such as if you’re exercising and wearing one would impact your ability to participate.

You can also remove your mask for a short time in certain circumstances, such as:

  • if you are asked to do so for identification, for example in a bank or pharmacy
  • to receive treatment or services, such as when getting a haircut or medical treatment
  • because you need to eat, say because you’re diabetic
  • to take medication.

Visit the Government website for the full list of reasons. These exemptions are similar in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, although please do check for details where you live.

This information is correct as of 24th September 2020.

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.

How our mask exemption cards can help you

For a number of people with disabilities and health conditions, wearing a face covering might be impossible, or would make travelling, shopping, commuting or even daily tasks incredibly difficult. Government guidelines listed above mean that you can now self-certify as being exempt.

For example, if you have respiratory condition, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, you may find it too difficult to breathe through a mask or face covering.

If you have a learning difficulty, sensory processing disorder or neurodivergent condition, such as autism, wearing a mask could be too alarming and overwhelming.

If you have communication difficulties, a speech impairment or find it hard to express yourself with a mask on, especially if you are non-verbal, a mask would be difficult.

This is list is not exhaustive and there will be many other disabilities, including invisible ones, that would make wearing a mask very difficult.

As such, there has been a lot of concern from people who cannot wear a mask that they will be rebuked or fined for not complying. This is where our mask exemption cards come in.

Our mask exemption lanyard is lightweight and can be worn by either the exempt person or their travel companion if this is not possible.

Do the face mask exemption cards make me ‘mask exempt’?

The mask exemption cards and lanyards do not make you exempt and are not an absolute guarantee that you won’t be stopped or asked for more information. They are simply a visual aid to communicate to those around you that you are medically exempt – it is your responsibility to know whether you are mask exempt

We would recommend that you also have proof of or information about your condition with you, just in case you are asked for it.

Bulk orders

We’re now also selling the face mask exemption cards in bulk. They’re perfect for businesses, organisations, workplaces, schools, colleges and more.

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