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There are some situations where a face covering does not need to be worn. We also know that some people who have a disability or health condition may not be able to wear a face covering. Please be mindful of this. They still have the right to food, pharmacies and other services.
In general, you should wear a face covering whenever you can. The Delta variant is more transmissible by droplets, so face coverings are a way we can protect ourselves and each other.
If you are around people you do not know, it is a good idea to wear a face covering.
Face coverings do not need to be worn:
You also do not need to wear face coverings if:
We know that some people who have a disability or health condition may not be able to wear a face covering. An exemption card is available that you can show to transport operators, retailers and service providers.
Exemption cards are not mandatory but make it easier whenever you need to explain that a face covering is unsuitable for you.
Sometimes the reason why a face covering is unsuitable for you is not obvious to others. You should not worry if a business owner or employee approaches you to ask whether you are able to wear a face covering. They are just ensuring the safety of you and others.
It is inappropriate for a business owner or employee to enquire about the nature of your disability or condition. But it is reasonable for them to check whether you are exempt from the rule to wear a face covering.
Keeping up healthy habits
If you cannot wear a face covering, you need to keep up other healthy habits when in public or while accessing businesses and services.
You can also consider if there are delivery or click-and-collect options you could use instead of entering a retail store. Or ask family and friends to pick things up for you.
If you cannot wear a face covering, you can get an exemption card. You can show your exemption card when needed.
You can request a card from:
You should only request an exemption card if you have a disability or health condition that makes wearing a face covering unsuitable.
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