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Face-to-face contact

The rules on face-to-face contact (whether you’re allowed to meet indoors or outdoors, how many people you can meet with, and from how many households) are changing regularly in each nation.

Check these websites for the most up to date information:


Face coverings

In Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England:

Face coverings are compulsory on public transport, in hospitals and GP surgeries, and in most indoor venues.

Some siblings may be worried their disabled brother or sister will be required to wear a face covering and that they may not tolerate it.

From website:

“You also do not need to wear a face covering if you have a legitimate reason not to. This includes:

  • if you have a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability that means you cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering
  • if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering would cause you severe distress
  • if you are travelling with, or providing help to, someone who relies on lip reading to communicate
  • if you are travelling to avoid injury or escape the risk of harm, and you do not have a face covering with you
  • if you need to remove it during your journey to avoid harm or injury or the risk of harm or injury to yourself or others
  • if you need to eat, drink, or take medication on public transport
  • if you need to eat, drink, or take medication you can remove your face covering”

You can download an ‘exemption from face covering’ card that you can show on your mobile phone or that you can print off and carry on you.

You can also download optional badges/lanyards to promote ongoing social distancing.

From the Challenging Behaviour Foundation:

Information cards that can be printed and shown, explaining that someone is exempt from using facemasks: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Severe Learning Disability Information Cards



This page was last updated: 24th November 2020

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