Proof of exemption

Too many people are claiming to be exempt simply because they don't want to comply. Its time to require proof from an official source.

Why the contribution is important

This would help alleviate the animosity that compliant face covering wearers feel towards those that choose not to comply and claim to be exempt and add additional protection to each other.

by PettedLip on October 05, 2020 at 07:17PM

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Average rating: 3.0
Based on: 34 votes


  • Posted by gmb October 05, 2020 at 19:22

    Terrible way to treat the disabled. They should not have to provide proof.

    If mask-wearers feel animosity to those not wearing face coverings, that is on their account. The disabled should not be subjected to such indignities just because some people refuse to give the benefit of the doubt.
  • Posted by Christina1 October 05, 2020 at 19:24

    This would help put peoples minds at rest as I know some folk get agitated and upset if people do not comply with guidelines.
  • Posted by Catlady October 05, 2020 at 20:07

    This makes those with invisible disabilities more vulnerable.
  • Posted by StuHirst October 05, 2020 at 20:42

    This is an appalling suggestion and will stigmatise the disabled.
  • Posted by Sheilammmmmm October 05, 2020 at 20:46

    This is a terrible idea. Akin to giving them a yellow star on their jacket.
  • Posted by Footiemum October 05, 2020 at 20:50

    This is like making someone wear a yellow star. I would never support this and am fearful it's even being suggested.
  • Posted by jakkyb7 October 05, 2020 at 22:04

    Terrible idea.
  • Posted by JackDemetriou October 05, 2020 at 22:12

    Yes, I agree that some sort of identification card, or something through the Protect Scotland app would be very helpful. I have seen, for myself, people who have no health conditions but not wearing a mask, and shop workers have no legal rights to enforce mask use
  • Posted by LeiaAvra October 06, 2020 at 06:31

    Next step , put a yellow star on your sleeve !
    Terrible idea !
    Exposing medical records to anyone!
  • Posted by Macfarlanelyndsay October 06, 2020 at 08:15

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  • Posted by Ctri October 06, 2020 at 11:06

    Wonderful idea. A close friend often feels judged for not wearing a mask on public transport and in shops. We have the disabled blue-pass things for drivers, an equivelant for masks is not a bad idea for the duration of the pandemic.
  • Posted by imcoop13 October 06, 2020 at 12:36

    An Identity disc/ card of some sort is required.
    Why should disabled complain about this when they accept need for a parking permit?
    Would take a lot of pressure of shopkeepers, public transport staff etc.
  • Posted by Leonie123 October 06, 2020 at 15:41

    Dreadful idea, people assuming the worst of other people without having a clue.
  • Posted by Fossii October 06, 2020 at 20:59

    100% agree!!! If this is so important to suppressing the virus then it needs to be better policed. You can go into a bar say you have asthma and can’t wear a mask then go out a smoke every 5 minutes. Unless you have a serious respiratory condition you should have to wear one. I have a friend who is technically ‘exempt’ but says that he can wear it when he is in the shop for 10 minutes or when he goes to the toilet when in a restaurant. It’s extremely uncomfortable for him but he does it cause it could save a life.
  • Posted by christine1001 October 07, 2020 at 19:23

    Not all disabilities are visible. It is important people remember this. I was asked the other day to prove my daughter had asthma, it was very stressful. There is no way to prove it but she was is hospital twice last month. I said this to the shopkeeper who still wouldn’t let us in. Absolute disgrace people are asked to prove it.
  • Posted by Silversosprey October 07, 2020 at 20:28

    I do not see this as being discriminatory or anything else. There are far too many people using the exemption excuse, just not to wear one. But since you cannot tell, by looking at a particular individual, whether or not they CANNOT wear a mask, those who are simply being selfish are able to get away with doing what they like., because no-one will want to challenge someone who may not be able to wear one. I have a grandson with Autism - and he can't wear one. My SIL and another Grandson have Asthma but neither of them have severe Asthma so they can wear them - and do.

    For those who are saying it would be discriminatory, against the Equal Opportunities Act or anything else think on this: If you cannot wear a mask for any mental or physical problems then actually you are already telling people when you go out that you have a problem, since those who wear them CAN (or should be) . The default position is that NOT wearing a mask should mean you have a problem with wearing them. I do not see the difference between that default position and wearing a badge, a lanyard or carrying a card which you can show to someone at the door of a shop, or anywhere else to confirm that you are exempt? That means that those who are being entirely selfish, don't care or just plain rebellious that their 'rights' are being denied will be unable to continue to get away with their behaviour.

    Of course, along with that, it requires Supermarkets and the like to be required to ask the question in a polite way - no-one should be subjected to aggressive questioning, but having some kind of proof to show if someone politely asks surely ought to be a good thing. Is it really any different to carrying a blue badge for showing in your car to allow you to park where others can't? Not everyone with a blue badge is 'visibly' disabled either but people accept it is necessary to have one to display if they need it
  • Posted by aine October 11, 2020 at 14:52

    If folks cannot wear a mask then they should be at least wearing a visor. Not great but slightly better than nothing at all. Irrespective of disability, they can spread COVID-19 as well as the next person. It is quite terrifying when you hear someone come up behind you huffing and puffing and not socially distancing. Everyone has a responsibility to protect each other. I myself have asthma and wear a mask , this is to protect others as I do not want to be responsible for transmission to others as no one knows if they have it if they are a-symptomatic.
    Discrimination cannot come into how we react to the forces of a pandemic. This is a killer and we need to find a way to protect each other.
  • Posted by Bellamac1 October 11, 2020 at 15:34

    This is not being discriminating people who dont/can't wear masks should they even be out shopping etc the people who kick up the most fuss are the people who are at it most people . Will wear masks .And would be happy to display a lanyard from NHS explaining exemption. And I don't have a problem with that
  • Posted by Parsfan October 11, 2020 at 17:12

    I can't believe that people want to treat us the same way that Hitler treated the Jews, people with disabilities and illnesses during the war and make us wear a badge. We do not have to wear anything to showcar are exempt. There are also people who have been through traumatic experiences that are exempt
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