From Monday 22 June, The Scottish Government made face coverings mandatory on all public transport in Scotland. From Friday 10 July, face coverings are mandatory in shops or businesses, visits to a care home for the elderly, visits to adults in hospitals as an outpatient and GP surgeries or pharmacies where it is not always possible to main a 2 metre distance from other people.
Although it will not be mandatory for patients to wear a face covering while attending the practice, you can do so if you wish. The practice will not be providing masks/face coverings. We have a 2m distance policy in place and ask that whilst attending the practice, you strictly stick to this.
It is important to recognise that not everyone can wear a face covering.
People are exempt if:
- They have a disability or health condition that means they cannot put a covering on.
- A covering will cause them severe distress
- They need to communicate with someone who relies on lip reading
- They need to eat, drink or take medicine
There is no requirement to obtain evidence in the form of a letter from a doctor or government that you are exempt.
If you have a condition which means you cannot wear a face covering you need only advise if asked, that you cannot wear a face covering because you are exempt for one of the reasons listed above.