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Exemptions – people who do not have to wear a face coverings in surgery

In line with Government guidance, all members of the public needing to visit our sites will need to wear face coverings.

Wearing a face covering is one of a number of measures that is being put in place to help keep patients, visitors and staff safe.

The requirement to wear a face covering does not apply to:

  • a child under the age of 11
  • 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 putting on, wearing or removing a face covering would have a detrimental effect on an existing injury
  • if you are providing assistance to, someone who relies on lip reading to communicate
  • if you are have visited us 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 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