What should I do if I am exempt from wearing a face-covering?

Guidance for students who are exempt from wearing a face-covering.

You may be exempt from wearing a face-covering if you are unable to put on, wear, or remove one because of a physical or mental illness, or impairment, or disability, or if it causes you severe distress. If you are exempt, you may choose to use an exemption badge or card to present if you are asked about face coverings. Alternatively, you can use the hidden disabilities sunflower lanyard or cards (https://hiddendisabilitiesstore.com/shop.html).

Although the exemption cards and badges may be helpful, you are not obligated to carry or display an exemption badge and you should not be expected to produce these as evidence of exemption.

Exemption badge for mobile phone

Exemption badge to print

Exemption card to print


Report : tell us that you are self-isolating through the Covid-19 reporting form, so that we can support you.

Urgent help: If you have an urgent need that cannot wait until the next working day you should call Security on 0191 208 6817 (available 24/7).

Covid support: If you have a Covid-19 related enquiry, you can contact us by email covidsupport@ncl.ac.uk or the Covid Enquiry Line on 0191 222 5101 

Covid Enquiry Line operating hours:

  • 9am - 5pm - Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays
  • 10am - 5pm - Wednesdays


Last updated: 22.03.2021