Wearing of face coverings & prescription Lanyards and policing.

All persons who are legitimately unable to wear a face covering must wear a “compulsory” lanyard that has been prescribed by his or her medical practitioners. The medical practitioner must then by Law register the patient and lanyard with a national police data base.. it should also be made compulsory for all school children to wear a face covering unless unable because of medical conditions.

Lanyard .

Blue neck band .

White square badge with NHS Scotland logo.

Passport photo of patient.

Reverse side of badge.

Serial No or barcode to protect patients and medical practice identity.

Data base information held.
Name of patient.
Date of Birth.
Name of medical practitioner.
Address of medical practice/hospital .

Call up reservists or retired police officers to police the wearing of face coverings in shops both locally and in town centres.

Why the contribution is important

To stop the virus infecting and killing more people.

by PJC on October 05, 2020 at 05:07PM

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Based on: 38 votes


  • Posted by Kb86 October 05, 2020 at 17:48

    Completely agree. Too many selfish people, who are evidently not exempt, undoing everyone else's work to try and keep everyone safe
  • Posted by gmb October 05, 2020 at 19:09

    This is an appalling way to treat the disabled. They should not have to provide any proof just to be allowed to breath freely.
  • Posted by PettedLip October 05, 2020 at 19:27

    Totally agree. Sadly there are too many people jumping on the exempt bandwagon just because they don't want to comply. I believe this would significantly help with the reduction of the spread and will especially help the genuinely exempt who can't wear coverings so lose the benefit they offer.
  • Posted by aldoinarcadia October 05, 2020 at 19:42

    Yellow star badge?
  • Posted by StuHirst October 05, 2020 at 20:46

    This idea is frankly frightening. The ask here is to ask disabled people to wear something around their necks to prove to everyone else that they have a disability.
    Perhaps we should think more carefully about the impact this would have to those people, who through no fault of their own, are being discriminated against.
  • Posted by Footiemum October 05, 2020 at 20:52

    This is discriminatory and requires people to release personal data. The world is in a sad state but not this sad.
  • Posted by Morrisc0502 October 05, 2020 at 21:01

    This is a disgusting idea. Whilst I agree a lanlayd and card should be dispensed by a medical professional to exempt individuals from wearing a mask. One that can only be dispensed by them. I don’t believe any photo or personal information should be on the card. A police officer can require someone to give the information to them verbally and this can always be followed up with the GP.

    With track and trace in schools, I don’t believe primary school children should have to wear face coverings at all. A massive part of their education is deliverers via effective communication and learning other manners such as speech and how one presents and behaves via example. Masks will only hinder this essential development. Procedures are robust enough and seem to be working well.
  • Posted by jakkyb7 October 05, 2020 at 22:01

    Wearing a face covering should be personal choice.
  • Posted by Carolscat October 05, 2020 at 22:56

    Maybe those who suggest this is a good idea should go read the Equalities Act.
  • Posted by DrBagPhD October 06, 2020 at 01:03

    I see some people trying to defend us disabled folks, and I just want to say that I'm personally very much in favour of something like this.

    There are some issues (I think a badge with difficult to replicate forgery prevention features such as holograms etc but little or no personal information would be much better) but on the whole it's no different to displaying a blue-badge- A signifier that what you're doing is because of a disability, and not because you're a horrid person.
  • Posted by RO1234 October 06, 2020 at 06:37

    Working in retail I support this idea! I have not seen my family in over two weeks now as the amount of people saying they are exempt at our doors is out of hand and I do not feel that it is safe enough for me to visit my elderly parents. People know shops have no authority to question exemption and hidden disability lanyards are being bought by many who are not exempt. The emotional and mental toll this is taking in shop workers is significant. The exemption card would dramatically reduce this and give a coherent message to all members of the public that face masks for those fit to wear are not an option.
  • Posted by CitizensNotSubjects October 06, 2020 at 07:33

    Mask wearing just delays the inevitable. We should follow a sustainable model that works - Sweden, not a failed one coming from Imperial College, London.
  • Posted by Julie October 06, 2020 at 10:00

    I have never been on any Police database in my entire life and now you think I should be because I have a disability? What a horrible suggestion.
  • Posted by Leonie123 October 06, 2020 at 15:37

    This is as close to a fascist proposal as I've read in these ideas. Lanyards are available for those who have an exemption and the vast majority of the public are still wearing masks regardless of how ineffective they have been proven to be.
  • Posted by Silversosprey October 07, 2020 at 20:20

    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. 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
  • Posted by Mojobo October 10, 2020 at 11:23

    By not wearing a mask, you are saying you have a disability they means you don't have to eat a mask. So wearing a badge is not exactly going to highlight your disability any more. Unless, of course, you don't have a disability...
  • Posted by Lornaanne30 October 11, 2020 at 12:35

    I personally wear a lanyard from a disability charity. I asked my GP for a letter of exemption (they refused as the government had not deemed it necessary). I do this through personal choice with a card provided by the charity which supports my condition. I now only leave my house once a week and only with a family member for support (this is more due to the verbal abuse I have received during this time). If people have a genuine condition that causes distress, pain and in accordance with the Scottish government's own guidelines state we should not have to show proof of this, I don't have a problem as it would highlight my condition which is rare.
  • Posted by bairn56 October 11, 2020 at 13:45

    Why should anyone have the right to freely exhale Coronavirus particles and possibly spread the virus wherever they may go?

    Anyone who is genuinely too ill to wear a mask should understand that they have no right to potentially infect others.

    This is not an anti disability post. Sorry, but this one is down to the health of the majority, not the rights of the minority.

    No mask, no admission should be the policy everywhere, no exemptions.

  • Posted by Claire82 October 11, 2020 at 15:20

    How would this affect the people who are waiting for a diagnosis for mental health conditions? Through personal experience this is not a quick process. Cahms at the minute have up to a 2 year waiting list for new appointments!!
  • Posted by Ellemm October 11, 2020 at 15:47

    It's a sad reflection on society when it comes to this however the complete disregard for the wellbeing of fellow humans deem it necessary to highlight those who refuse to protect others as well as themselves.
    I also think that masks should now be compulsory to wear outdoors.
    And finally just to highlight an anomaly in an indoor setting. In Clydebank lots of people are going around the Clyde shopping centre without wearing masks. Completely defeating the purpose of wearing them in shops!
  • Posted by Karenb October 11, 2020 at 16:02

    I know so many people with chronic illnesses that are exempt from mask wearing but they wear one anyway . My mum has copd and severe asthma but still wears her mask. She can only manage 20-30 minutes at a time so only goes shopping in a supermarket for that length of time. I know a girl with CF who still wears a mask , the list is endless of the people I know who do the right thing . Sad thing is they do it to protect others but there’s a huge proportion of people who are not willing to do the same for them. If these people really have bad illnesses that prevent them wearing a mask then they should be staying in not flouting the rules and buying a lanyard. I honestly believe over half of the non mask wearers have nothing wrong with them . If masks are mandatory then make it MANDATORY no matter what. For those that cannot wear one for genuine reasons then get someone to go into a shop for you. All these people moaning about human rights etc , I have human rights too and do not see why I should be put at risk by selfish people.
  • Posted by Parsfan October 11, 2020 at 16:49

    why should I wear something to show I have a medical reason for not wearing a face covering. We do not live in Nazi times or the dark ages. As for those saying we should not be going out or we should get someone to do our shopping for us or collect our meds, a lot of us do NOT have anyone and do NOT want anyone to do things for us. That takes our independence away from us. Yes there are people flouting the rules but do not tar us all with the same brush. It is not just people with medical reasons that are exempt. There are people who have suffered traumatic experiences that are also exempt
  • Posted by TonySco October 11, 2020 at 19:14

    Completly agree. The number of people in my work who proudly proclaim that the only reason they have printed one of the exemption cards is because they can't be bothered to wear a mask is disgusting.

    Especially since websites such as asthma uk and others tells people that even with asthma they can comfortably wear a mask and should.
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