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melaniethorley Member Posts: 138 Pioneering

Please find below a message from the Kent Autism Collaboration, of which I am an active member:

From this Friday 24 July, it will become mandatory to wear a face covering in shops in England.

Here is the official guidance from Government:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own


There are certain exemptions, including:

  • not being able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
  • if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
  • if you are travelling with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate

As a collaborative, we were interested to understand how autistic people, people with learning disabilities, their parents, advocates and carers felt about this. A big thank you to all those who responded or cascaded the request through their networks. A brief summary of the feedback received is attached.


We know from this feedback that some people feel able to wear a face covering, and have said that they will do so. For those who feel unable to wear a face covering, PhotoSymbols have produced cards that can be downloaded to phones to be shown or printed out for free, which are available here: https://www.keepsafe.org.uk/card


There are also some really helpful infographics on the use of masks on the World Health Organisation website.




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