Show ‘understanding’ to people exempt from face mask rule, says charity

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Possability People, a Brighton and Hove disability charity, is appealing to passengers of public transport to show understanding towards those exempt from wearing face coverings.

Face masks have been mandatory on public transport in England from 15 June, with exemptions for disabled people, those with long-term health conditions, children under 11 and people with mental health conditions.

Graeme Trelford-Davies, from the charity’s engagement and inclusion project Get Involved Group, has asked passengers to show empathy to those who cannot wear a mask on a bus.

“Many more people are exempt than is in the public perception, we feel, and many disabilities are not visible. It’s not always obvious, so please be understanding and kind,” Graeme says.