Face coverings: when to wear one, exemptions, and how to make your own The government has released shared information about face coverings. The information includes advice on when to wear one, who does not have to wear one, and how to make your own. You do not have to wear a face covering if you have a good reason. Some of these reasons are: children under the age of 11 (Public Health England does not recommended face coverings for children under the age of 3 for health and safety reasons) 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 to avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others ‒ including if it would negatively impact on your ability to exercise or participate in a strenuous activity police officers and other emergency workers, given that this may interfere with their ability to serve the public You can find more information about this by clicking here. For an exemption from face covering badge for mobile phones, please click here. For an exemption from face covering badge to print, please click here. For an exemption from face covering card to print, please click here.