Face mask exemption


Registered User
Jan 28, 2014
I care for my husband who has frontal lobe dementia. Would be be exempt from wearing a face mask? I have only tried to take him out with one on once and he found it very difficult just for a very short time. I fear that if he had to wear it longer it would cause a considerable problem. Unfortunately he has a hospital appointment in a couple of weeks and I just don't know if he will cope with wearing a mask in what has the potential to be quite a long appointment. Any advice gratefully received!


Registered User
Mar 25, 2016
Yes he should be exempt as he appears to fall into the following exemption category:

people who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability

Here's a link to the government guidance, including the list of exemptions and also a 'Face mask exempt' card that you can print off so that people are aware:


Here's the alzheimer's society advice too which is worth a read if you are unsure whether an exemption applies:



Volunteer Moderator
Dec 15, 2012
if not a mask, might he accept a bandana cowboy style or a scarf ... though, as the guidance suggests, I don't think you need to worry, having your husband as settled as he can be is the priority