Face Coverings and Sunflowers


Face coverings are mandatory in some places, including shops, takeaways and public transport. However, some people are exempt from wearing them due to their age (under 11s) or because they have a disability or health condition. Because many disabilities and health conditions are hidden, we want you to be able to recognise the items some people may have on them to let you know they are exempt.

Please note: People are not required to prove they are exempt and it is for individuals to choose how they would want to communicate this to others.

For those who would feel more comfortable showing something that says they do not have to wear a face covering, exemption cards are available to print or display on mobile phones. You can download the cards here.

Alternatively, some people may be wearing a sunflower lanyard. Sunflower lanyards have been available for a long time and generally allow staff to see that a customer has a hidden disability and that they may require extra support. More recently, they have been helpful in letting shop staff and others know that they are exempt from wearing a face covering. For more information about the sunflower lanyard, click here.