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An open letter to supermarkets

We’ve written an open letter to supermarkets, asking them to inform staff and customers that wearing a face covering might be hard for some people with a lung condition.

We have seen that lots of shops have said they will strengthen their requirements to wear a face mask when shopping. People with a lung condition are telling us that they are worried about being challenged in public and have reported feeling stigma around not wearing a mask. We don’t want people with respiratory disease to feel anxious or unable to access basic goods and services.

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We know that many supermarkets have been amazing throughout the pandemic. They have helped our key workers, carefully set up social distancing regulations and offered more home deliveries. But we are worried that people may not be aware that for those with a lung condition, like asthma and COPD, or for those who have recovered from COVID-19, that wearing a face-covering might be hard. It is important that everyone understands people in this position who find it impossible to wear a mask are exempt.

We are therefore asking supermarkets to share this information around to their staff and customers and help those with lung conditions to feel comfortable in their shops.

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