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Face Covering Exemption

The Scottish Government has outlined exemptions for the wearing of face coverings in public.


The exemption guidelines state that people are exempt from wearing face coverings if it causes them difficulty, pain or
severe distress or anxiety to wear one.
 There are various reasons why an autistic person might find face coverings distressing, such as:

  • The feeling it has on their skin
  • A sudden change to their normal routine
  • Not being able to see parts of their own or others’ faces

Please be respectful if you notice someone not wearing a face covering in public. 
Visit the Scottish Autism website to view their resources on face coverings for autistic people and for parents and carers.


Published: 30th July 2020

Source: Scottish Autism Newsletter