Asthmatic Falkirk MP backs introduction of face covering exemption cards

The Scottish Government’s new face covering exemption card has been viewed as a good move by Falkirk MP and asthma sufferer John McNally.

By James Trimble
Tuesday, 3rd November 2020, 7:30 am

The new card is aimed at supportting those who are unable to wear a face mask – due to underlying medical conditions like asthma – feel more confident and safe when accessing public spaces and using public services

The face covering exemption card is branded with the Healthier Scotland and NHS Scotland logos under the FACTS for a Safer Scotland campaign and can be requested from Disability Equality Scotland to wear on a lanyard or hold in a wallet.

A digital card is also available to be displayed on a phone, tablet or other device.

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Falkirk MP John McNally, who is asthmatic, is backing the Scottish Government's introduction of face mask exemption cards

Mr McNally said: “As an asthma sufferer myself, this new exemption development card and mobile display is most welcome. It will not only help those of us with the condition to feel more confident but it will provide an instant recognition and understanding for the wider community.”

Scottish cabinet secretary for social security and older people Shirley Anne Somerville added: “There are some people who cannot wear a face covering, due to health conditions, disabilities or other special circumstances where a face covering may cause difficulty or distress.

“Discrimination against people in this situation is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. We have developed this card in conjunction with a range of equality stakeholders as something which can clearly communicate to others if you are exempt from the regulations.”

Physical and digital cards are available by request at or by calling 0800 121 6240.