We are aware that some patients might be understandably anxious about the Government’s recent announcements around the use of face masks in various public settings.
Following guidance from the Gloucestershire Local Medical Committee, we would advise patients of the following:
Our GPs are unfortunately NOT in a position to provide individual risk assessments or letters for patients who feel they should be exempt from wearing a face mask.
The Government guidance on exemption suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption and therefore it is sufficient for an individual to declare this.
The responsibility for issuing exemptions lies with the transport provider, and not your GP. Similarly, we are under no obligation to provide letters of support for anyone who does not fall under the list of exemptions but considers they have another reason to be exempted.
You can read the Government’s advice on the use of face coverings here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#face-coverings.
Some people don’t have to wear a face covering, including for health, age or equality reasons. Some transport staff may not wear a face covering if it not required for their job. You can find out more information about the reasons for exemption here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#exemptions-face-coverings