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 keepsafe.org.uk/posters, which you may find helpful.
The Government guidance on wearing and making masks.