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Disabled People Facing Discrimination over Face Coverings

Disabled People Facing Discrimination over Face Coverings

Disability Rights UK ( DRUK ) has written to the Minister for Disabled People, Justin Tomlinson MP, raising concerns that “disabled people are not being listened to when it comes to exemptions from wearing face masks.”

DRUK Head of Policy Fazilet Hadi wrote “Disability Rights UK is horrified at the media coverage on face coverings.”

“The message is that face coverings are compulsory with no mention of exemptions for disabled people or children. The talk is of police fines and criminalisation for those that don’t comply.”

“We would ask that government urgently recognises the need for balanced messaging, including that some disabled people cannot wear face coverings and that this should be respected. If the messaging doesn’t change, millions of disabled people will not be able to safely leave their homes.”

“For those of us that do, we will experience, fear, anxiety, possible conflict with public and police and demands to prove our impairment/illness.”

Read more on this story at the Disability Rights UK website here.


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