The Government has now published guidelines on all the areas where people will have to wear a face mask from tomorrow.
Face coverings will be mandatory in most indoor public areas in England from Friday, with exclusions for people with physical or mental illnesses or disabilities.
The full list for the exemptions is below, but there are fears that not enough people are aware of those who don’t have to wear a covering under the regulations.
A charity is calling for more to be done following “horrific” cases of disabled people being abused.
Fazilet Hadi, a policy manager at Disability Rights UK, said she has already heard several stories of people being confronted on public transport – where masks have been mandatory since June – despite having legitimate reasons for not wearing one.
Ms Hadi and a number of people exempt from the rules said they fear further abuse as the use of face coverings becomes more widespread.
Ms Hadi called for a Government advertising campaign to raise awareness of the exemptions.
She said: “I’d love to see Government advertising… I’m sure I’m not going to. People really shouldn’t be confronting other people.
“We heard horrific stories from the disability hate crime network about disabled people who’ve already been challenged on public transport.
“We really urge the public to be kind and assume that the people around them aren’t wearing it for a reason.”
A Government spokesperson said “The guidance is absolutely clear that you do not need to wear a face covering if you have a legitimate reason not to, including because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability.
“We expect people to be sensitive to the fact that some groups of people are not able to wear a face covering, and will continue to communicate this message to the general public.”
Other people who have ‘legitimate reason’ not to wear a mask