Reducing COVID-19 transmission
Government guidance suggests that there is no requirement for evidence for medical exemption from wearing face coverings and that it is sufficient for a person to self-declare they are eligible for exemption in incidences where a face covering is required.
Taking this into consideration, there is no need for anyone to ask their GP practice to provide letters of support for those who fall under the list of exemptions, or indeed do not. GPs are currently seeing a rapid increase in workload as they deal with the on-going impact of the coronavirus pandemic and therefore the Government must do more to communicate this guidance more effectively to avoid people unnecessarily seeking exemption notes from their GP.
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Coronavirus Explained & What You Should Do
Message from NHS Digital
Please click on the following link for general and up to date information on coronavirus:
For patients concerned that they may have coronavirus or may have come into contact with someone who has, the NHS 111 online service has created coronavirus pages that tell patients what they should do based on their particular circumstances. These can be accessed at: 111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19