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I do hope you can be excluded from wearing face masks if they have Dementia. My Husband's Dementia is very advanced and we haven't been out during the lockdown and have ventured out twice, once to get his hair cut and again to collect a meat order from the Butcher since restrictions eased. We didn't need masks the Barber was using a mask and visor, they took your temperature remotely and gave you hand sanitizer before you entered. Recently he has started to panic when I try and wash his hair in the shower and the water goes over his face he tries to bury is head and face in the corner to get away from it. I give him a face cloth to hold over his face to keep the water out of his eyes but he won't hold it to his face. He won't even wear a scarf round his neck when the weather is cold. I admit I haven't tried him with a mask yet but I am not hopeful. He doesn't understand anything you say to him, so I imagine even if I put it on properly for him he will be pulling it off himself in the wrong way, he's just like a 9 to 12 month old child.Face coverings are already mandatory in shops in Scotland. This following is the advice taken from the Scottish Government website. I’m not sure if guidelines will be similar for you if they become mandatory in shops in England. I would think the first bullet point in the second section would include people with dementia. If my husband had still been alive I would have considered him in that category.
Face covering exemptions
Some people are not required to wear a face covering.
You may also have a reasonable excuse not to wear a face covering if, for example:
- children under 5 years of age
- police constables or workers such as paramedics acting in the course of their duty
- staff such as drivers or checkout assistants who are physically separated, by means of, for example, screens, from passengers or customers
- shop workers if they maintain a 2 metre distance from customers or members of the public
Seeing friends and family
- you have a health condition or you are disabled and a face covering would be inappropriate because it would cause difficulty, pain or severe distress or anxiety or because you cannot apply a covering and wear it in the proper manner safely and consistently. Individual discretion should be applied in considering the use of face coverings for other children including, for example, children with breathing difficulties and disabled children who would struggle to wear a face covering
- you need to eat or drink
- you are taking medication
- you are communicating with someone else who relies on lip reading
- a relevant person, such as a police officer, asks you to remove your face covering
First published: 13 Jul 2020Last updated: 13 Jul 2020 - show all updates
We don't use public transport very often, but we do have bus passes. Would we need to get some form of exemption document to show in shops?just phoned tesco and as long as he has his bus pass hes fine i read in the exceptions was mental or physical disabilities or if it will distress the person having to wear one. would that cover dementia
Thank you all for your comments, looks like I will have to get an exemption card for public transport and that will probably cover shops too. I will have to try and see how he responds when I put one on when we next go out, could be I won't have a problem when he sees everyone else in them he will be okay, I am just basing my fears on how he responds when I am dressing and undressing him and try to get garments over his head, he also reacts badly when I am washing his hair in the shower and the water is running over his face.@Jan L I'm not aware of a general exemption document to show in shops but the link to the 'Hidden Disabilities' card in Izzy's post above might be helpful. I know that some transport providers are also producing their own 'face covering exemption cards' - here's a link to the London Transport exemption card - so worth checking with your local public transport provider to see if they are providing the same: https://tfl.gov.uk/campaign/face-coverings#:~:text=Face coverings exemptions,-The requirement to&text=Children under the age of,services responding to an emergency