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Covid-19 - The compulsory wearing of face covering on Public Transport

Dated: 17-Jun-20

15th June 2020

The  introduction  of  the  requirement  for  people  to  wear  face  covering  on  Public  Transport  is  intended  to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

There are certain groups of people who are exempt from this requirement and they include:
  • children under the age of 11
  • people with disabilities
  • those with breathing difficulties or
  • those who are travelling with someone who relies on lip reading. These groups of people, their parents or guardians are able to indicate the reason, if required, as to why they are not wearing a face covering.
General practice is under considerable pressure as a direct result of the current challenges they are faced with delivering a service to patients at the same time as coping with the consequences of this virus.  There  is  no  requirement  for  general  practice  to  issue  letters  for  patients  who  are  unable  to  wear  face coverings, as the Government have clearly defined the exemptions to this requirement.
General  practice  needs  to  focus  all  its  time  and  effort  managing  those  who  need  their  help  and  not  be diverted from this by unnecessary tasks.

Many thanks for your help and support in this matter.

Yours faithfully

Dr Nigel Watson

Chief Executive
 Wessex Local Medical Committees

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