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In the context of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, a face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mouth.

Face coverings are not classified as PPE which is used in a limited number of settings to protect wearers against hazards and risks, such as surgical masks or respirators used in medical and industrial settings. Face coverings are intended to protect others, not the wearer, against the spread of infection because they cover the nose and mouth, which are the main confirmed sources of transmission of virus that causes coronavirus infection (COVID-19).

It is understandable that the general public may be anxious about wearing a face covering and so may request exemption.

GPs are not obliged or in a position to provide exemption letters or certificates for patients who believe they should be exempt from wearing a face covering.

There is no requirement for the public to provide evidence, medical or otherwise, for exemption of wearing a face covering. Self declaration from the individual is sufficient.

Please go to the GOV.UK website for further information on the use of face coverings.