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Guidance note for patients requesting exemption letters for facemasks Posted on 20 Jul 2020

IT IS NOT OUR POLICY TO PROVIDE FACE MASK EXEMPTION LETTERS

From 24 July 2020, individuals will be required to wear a face mask in various public settings in accordance with recent government guidance, or face a fine of £100. The government website lists legitimate reasons for not wearing face masks, find out more at www.gov.uk.

As your GP practice, it is not our policy to issue letters of exemption to wear face masks. Government guidance suggests that there is no requirement for an individual to produce evidence of exemption.

Face Mask exemption letter

Whilst we appreciate that these are challenging times for our patients, it is not the responsibility of a GP to issue an exemption letter to an individual from not wearing a face mask within various public settings. We issue this advice as the official representative body of GPs across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

Government guidance regarding exemptions suggests there is no requirement for an individual to produce evidence of exemption, such as a letter from a GP and therefore should be sufficient for an individual to self-declare this. In these circumstances, it is not a medical reason that requires a written letter from the GP for those who do or do not, fall under the list of exemptions.

Guidance on specific circumstances

·         www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#exemptions-face-coverings

·         https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own

·         www.bma.org.uk/advice-and-support/covid-19/gp-practices

GPs will continue to ensure that the healthcare needs of their patients continue to be met in accordance with NHS and Government guidance.

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