Do you need to carry proof if you're exempt from wearing a mask?

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The government says you don't need to carry proof by law but the police union says you might need to show it to avoid a fine.
Do you need to carry proof if you're exempt from wearing a mask?

13 January 2021

What was claimed Police will now require written evidence of a medical exemption if people are to avoid a fine for not wearing a mask. Our verdict The rules have not changed, people with medical exemptions from wearing a mask are not legally required to carry an exemption card or badge. But the police union says officers may ask people for proof to enforce mask wearing laws.

"Explaining the new measures Ken Marsh told MailOnline: 'If you have a medical reason for not wearing a mask, you now have to print off a clarification that proves you have an exemption." MainOnline, .

"What if someone says to you in a shop, if they're maskless, 'well I'm exempt but I've left my paperwork at home'?"

"Well we carry on the enforcement and it's for them to prove. It's very straightforward, you know we'll say it's absolutely fine, we're going to carry on with the enforcement against you, him or she, but you have the power to prove that you are exempt, and then we won't obviously proceed with it." Ken Marsh, Chair of the Metropolitan Police Federation, speaking on LBC, .

We've seen a number of news outlets report comments made by the chair of the Metropolitan Police Federation, Ken Marsh, that anyone exempt from wearing a mask for medical reasons…
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