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COVID 19 - advice on masks

COVID 19 - MASKS

We are aware that some patients might be anxious about  the use of face masks/coverings in various public settings.

GPs are not in a position to provide individual risk assessments or letters for patients who feel that they should be exempt from wearing a face mask/covering.

North and South Essex Local Medical Committees have therefore issued the following guidance note as the statutory body that advises and supports all GPs and practice teams across Essex.

"The government guidance on exemptions suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption therefore it is sufficient for an individual to self-declare this.

"In respect of public transport, the responsibility for issuing exemptions lies with the transport provider not your GP. Similarly, practices are under no obligation to provide letters of support for anyone who does not fall under the list of exemptions but who considers themselves to have another reason to be exempted.

Government advice on the use of face coverings can be found here:

Face coverings - when to wear one and how to make your own

Safer travel guidance for passengers: face coverings

 

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