Exemption From Mandatory Face Coverings
As the wearing of facial covering becomes mandatory on all public transport from today (15 June 2020) you may need to know that some people with visual impairments, particularly those with a restricted field of vision are exempt. Of course you may still decide to waiver your exemption to reduce your risk of Coronavirus if you feel this is appropriate for you.
NCT Audio announcements
Additional signage will be in place on all NCT buses from today to reinforce the wearing of facial coverings and, you’ll be pleased to hear the message will be re-enforced with onboard audio announcements and messages at bus stops throughout this week to raise awareness.
Full list of exemptions
Exemptions apply to people with:
· breathing difficulties and other respiratory conditions
· conditions effecting their dexterity, meaning they are not able to put on a face covering
· mental health conditions such as anxiety or panic disorders
· other non-visible disabilities such as autism
· cognitive impairments, including dementia, who may not understand or remember the need to wear a face covering
· visual impairments, with a restricted field of vision, particularly if any residual vision is at the lower edge of the normal field of view
· impairments which would make it difficult to put on or take off a face covering safely, accurately, consistently or without pain.
In addition, the following people are also exempt:
· those who rely on lip-reading, including carers who are travelling with someone for whom a face covering will inhibit communication
· children aged under 11.