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Wearing Masks

Updated: Jul 2, 2020

Originally published 20 May 2020, updated 22 June 2020

Mask wearing in public is being more widely encouraged, and it is now compulsory to wear a mask or face covering on public transport in England and Scotland. Whilst some people may like wearing a mask, others may find it more tricky, either because of sensory issues, or because it's hard for them to understand why they need to wear a mask. Some people are exempt from the requirement to wear a mask. Here are some resources which may help:

  • Easy Read information about wearing a mask is available here, including a downloadable poster.

  • Some strategies for encouraging mask wearing.

  • Some people may experience anxiety or sensory issues. Buttons can be used to avoid the mask's elastic going round the ears, and for attaching the mask to glasses, a headband or a hat. Here are some alternative suggestions for mask wearing for those who wear glasses; and some ideas for making a headband with buttons.

  • This social story about wearing masks, courtesy of the Autism Research Institute, may help.

  • Some people are exempt from wearing a mask, including children, those with disabilities, and those with learning disabilities, for example. Photosymbols have produced a range of Easy Read Mask Exemption Cards, available at, which you may find helpful.

  • The Government guidance on wearing and making masks.


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