The Spinney Surgery

Ramsey Road, St. Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE27 3TP

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Information about Face Masks / Coverings Exemption

Posted on July 15th, 2020

Why should you wear a face mask or  covering?

“Evidence suggests that wearing a face covering does not protect you from developing coronavirus. However, if you are infected but have not yet developed symptoms, it may provide some protection for others you come into close contact with.” – GOV.UK

“Face coverings help by catching the small droplets we sometimes spread when we talk or cough. These can contain coronavirus and land on surfaces and other people. This can be an issue if someone has the virus, but no symptoms. By wearing a face covering you protect those around you and they protect you by wearing theirs.” – London.GOV.UK

Please remember that wearing a face covering does not mean you should stop washing your hands or practising social distancing.

 

Where do I need to wear a mask?

“You must wear a face covering at all times on public transport or when attending a hospital as a visitor or outpatient. Hospitals will be able to provide a face covering in emergencies. If you can, you should also wear a face covering in other enclosed public spaces where social distancing isn’t possible and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.” – GOV.UK

 

How do I know if I am exempt from wearing a face mask?

As of this post (July 15th, 2020), the Government has not yet announced how people can identify themselves as not needing to wear a covering, nor released cards for this purpose but it is generally regarded that if you feel you have a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability that means you cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering or if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering would cause you severe distress, then you do not have to. It is advised by the Government that children under the age of three do not need to wear a mask.

In the UK, GP practices are under no obligation to provide exemption letters or medical evidence for those who believe they are exempt from wearing face coverings and as such, the Spinney Surgery will not be providing these to patients who request them.  The Government guidance on this issue suggests there is no requirement for medical evidence to be provided and that a self declaration from the individual should be sufficient.

Guidance provided by the Cambridgeshire Local Medical Committee (LMC) enforcing this can be found here.

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