Watch NZSL video on exemption cards.
It is now mandatory to wear face masks/coverings on public
transport, on flights, and if you are a customer or an employee involving
customer contact such as at a supermarket, pharmacy or petrol station.
If you have a disability or health condition and you can’t wear
a face covering safely or comfortably, you are exempt from wearing one.
Some people may feel more comfortable showing something official
that says they don’t have to wear a face covering, so the Ministry of Health
has designed an exemption card that people can use.
If anyone asks why you are not wearing a face covering, you can
show them the card. You don’t need to show this card to public transport
operators like bus drivers, but you can if you want to.
This card has been developed by the Ministry of Health
specifically for those who cannot wear face coverings safely or comfortably due
to a disability or health condition. The use of this card is
self-regulated and decided upon by the individual. However, the Ministry of
Health encourage people to do the right thing and only use this Exemption Card
if you need to.
If you have a disability or health condition and you can’t
wear a face covering safely or comfortably and would like an exemption card
sent to you, please email email@example.com.
The exemption card is available as PDF and jpeg versions which
can be printed in credit card size, A5 or A4, or simply downloaded onto your
phone. There is also a physical wallet-sized version of the card. If you would
like the physical version sent to you, please let Disabled Persons Assembly NZ
(DPA) know your postal address.