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Face Coverings

At RSVP, we recognise that wearing a face covering may cause trauma for some survivors. We wish to remind anyone who is struggling that we’re here to support you.

We recognise that for some survivors, wearing a face mask simply isn’t possible. UK Government guidance states that you can be exempt from wearing a face covering “if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress.”

You may find it useful to make people aware of this if you decide that you are not able to wear a mask or face covering and are questioned as a result; having to explain your reason for exemption can be a terrifying & uncomfortable prospect.

We’ve put together a resource that includes:

Exemption cards & phrases that you can present staff with when entering shops and areas that require you to wear a face covering. These aren’t official UK Government documents but they may help you feel more comfortable when speaking with staff.

Things that can help make wearing a face covering easier.

Grounding techniques whilst wearing a face covering

You can download our Exemption Cards below to your phone by taking a screenshot or right-clicking on the image you’d like and clicking on ‘save image as…’

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