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Face mask exemption card announced

Earlier this week, the Scottish Government announced a face mask exemption card for people with health conditions which make it difficult for them to wear a mask.

You can read Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Jeane Freeman’s letter outlining the plans here.

We know that many people, even though they are exempt from wearing a mask in public, feel anxious or stressed when in public places due to being questioned or judged about not wearing a face covering.

Self Directed Support Scotland and our members support this initiative and welcome the announcement that the Scottish Government are “working on” the card.

People who have a health condition or who are disabled, including hidden disabilities, for example, autism, dementia or a learning disability, are exempt from wearing a face covering. A full list of reasons for being exempt can be found here.

If you, or someone you know, would benefit from a way to communicate that you’re exempt from wearing a mask before the card is available, please check out the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme, which helps people to discretely identify themselves as a person who may need additional support.

Self Directed Support Scotland is pleased to share that the Scottish Government’s recently announced Face Covering Exemption Card has now been launched. Find out more.