Articles have appeared online overnight celebrating the first ‘un-locked’ sporting event at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre for the World Snooker Championships. This is regarded by the Events Research Programme (ERP) (led by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport …Read More
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Of course wearing a face covering is a really great idea, but not everyone can even though they want to. That’s why the Government Guidance includes caveats, or exemptions.
These are the exemptions set out in The Government Guidance on Face Coverings and Exemptions
- people who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
- where putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
- if you are speaking to or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expressions to communicate
We are extremely concerned at recent fashionable announcements being made by businesses, including supermarkets which are creating a hostile environment for disabled people exempt from wearing masks.
The Cabinet Office issued these instructions to Supermarkets to assist: guidance_for_face_covering_exemptions
Key extracts are,
“Once an individual has said they are not able to/exempt, you must take their word and allow them to continue. A verbal confirmation alone is enough. You must not ask for proof of their medical exemption and it is not essential they show any form of exemption card at any point.
Please note if someone is travelling with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate, they too are exempt from wearing a face covering.”
……”any form of visual cue that indicates an exemption should be respected”.
We call upon Supermarkets to act on the Cabinet Office guidance and provide clear messaging both to staff and the public that blanket policies of ‘No Mask No Entry’ are wrong, and unlawful.
If you have been refused access to a service provider despite having an exemption, and especially if you have provided proof of your exemption you may have a viable claim for disability discrimination. You can contact us on this by completing the form at this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeqL2Fc3Zc86fIyvecd6IvmnzFunDZagmQ05ms0_ANIvcvWEA/viewform
@UNISONdm published a report in August 2020 following a survey of 4,000 disabled workers across the UK, showing that half worked from home during the Covid-19 crisis. https://www.unison.org.uk/news/press-release/2020/08/give-disabled-people-right-work-home-covid-19-says-unison/ The survey found that nearly three quarters (73%) of disabled staff felt they were more productive or as productive working from …Read More
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The Covid-19 emergency hasn’t removed your rights under the Equality Act 2010 (nor under the Human Rights Act 1998). Are you having difficulty with the following: – Access to online shopping at a supermarket? – Access to online facilities generally, …Read More
The Discrimination Law Association annual conference always signals the start of a busy conference season for us, and this year’s focus on disability discrimination saw Chris Fry contributing ‘from the stage’ last week. Chris hosted a workshop on how to …Read More