Face mask exempt badges
Page last updated 14/01/2021
Since June 2020 Euan’s Guide has been creating badges for disabled people who are exempt from wearing a face covering according to the Government guidelines. In total we have supplied over 20,000 badges and thousands of printable resources to exempt people that wish to indicate their exempt status.
When we first created the badges there were very little resources out there for people who were exempt who wished to quickly and easily signal their exempt status. Now we are pleased to say that there are many resources out there to help.
Resources to help indicate your exempt status:
- Gov.uk has resources you can download and show on your mobile or print and carry with you
- The Scottish Government has produced a physical and digital card. To request a card visit exempt.scot
- The Welsh Government have a card which you can print out and use.
Existing resources for disabled people
- British Lung Foundation downloadable graphic
- Keep Safe cards
- Transport for London cards
- Brighton and Hove Buses cards
- First Bus cards
- Stagecoach cards
- Arriva cards
- Nexus journey cards
When and where to wear a face covering
Our message has always been to wear a face covering if you can. The English, Scottish, Northern Irish and Welsh Governments have each shared a list of places where face coverings must be worn and have detailed instances where individuals may not be able to wear a face covering. Please follow Government guidance to check when a face covering is necessary and to determine if you are exempt from wearing a face covering:
As you will see from the guidelines, there are clearly legitimate reasons why someone may be unable to wear a face covering and people’s reasons for being exempt may not be visible. We ask the public and venues to be respectful of this. At the time of writing, carrying something like our badge which helps to indicate an individual’s exempt status is a personal choice and not required by law.
Face Mask Exempt Badge
We have already sent out over 20,000 badges, this is far more than we ever expected to send. We now have a limited amount of badges remaining. If you are a disabled people who is exempt according to Government guidance and feel a badge will help you or if you have lost or broken your badge then you can request a badge from us while stock lasts. However, we are a small charity and it costs us around £3 to send out a single badge so we are asking exempt disabled people to consider using the other free resources that are available.
If you are an exempt disabled person and you do wish to request a badge please consider donating to help support us and the work that we do. You can request a badge by following the link below and completing a short online form.
Please note: A badge can take up to 10 days to arrive in the post.
Frequently asked questions
Should I wear a face covering?
Yes, anyone who can wear a face covering or face mask should wear one. Our badges are only for people who are exempt from wearing a face covering. Check the Government guidelines to see if this applies to you.
Do these badges and printouts make me exempt from wearing a face covering?
No. If you think that you are exempt from wearing a face covering, please check the Government guidance. If you feel that you are exempt based on the Government guidance, and are based in the UK then you can request a badge from us. Our badges are not designed to act as official proof that the wearer is exempt from wearing a face covering. If you feel that you are exempt from wearing a face covering, the badge is designed for you to help show or tell other people.
What happens if someone requests a badge who is not exempt?
We clearly state that our badges and printouts are for disabled people who consider themselves to be exempt from wearing a face covering. Requesting a badge or using the printouts unnecessarily is despicable. Anyone who does that will not only be wasting our small charity’s resources but making the lives of people who cannot legitimately wear a face mask much worse. We have to rely on goodwill that these will only be used by individuals who require them. We feel that the benefit to our users outweigh the risks and hope that the minority don’t ruin it for the majority.
Are they “legal”?
No. At the time of writing there is currently no legal requirement to prove you don’t need to wear a face covering. The resources are a safe and easily identifiable way to indicate to people that you are not able to wear a face covering. These badges and printouts are not designed to act as official proof that the wearer is exempt from wearing a mask, but have been designed to prevent unnecessary harassment. We encourage everyone to read the relevant Government guidance for more information.