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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.

Understanding and tolerating face coverings

Information from the Challenging Behaviour Foundation (CBF) on helping someone who has severe learning disabilities to tolerate seeing and using a face covering: Coronavirus (COVID-19): People with severe learning disabilities and facemasks


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:

“Legitimate reasons not to wear a face covering

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 are asked to remove your face covering by a police officer or other official, for example to check your railcard
  • in other situations set out in further government face covering guidance

Exemption cards and lanyards

If your disabled brother or sister is exempt from wearing a face covering:

It is not compulsory to carry an exemption card or wear a lanyard.


This page was last updated: 20th April 2021

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