Introduce equality proofing to ensure that new regulations on face-covering exemptions are properly designed

Sinn Féin MLA Pádraig Delargy has welcomed confirmation that the health minister will work with disability groups and introduce equality proofing to ensure that new regulations on face-covering exemptions are properly designed.

The party’s disability spokesperson said: 

“I welcome clarification from the health minister that requirements to show evidence of exemption from face-coverings will be designed along with others to ensure that people with disabilities are supported. 

“It’s also welcome that the Department of Health is carrying out an equality screening on this issue ahead of any new rules coming into effect.

“The public health measures, including the wearing of a face-covering, are vital to tackling the spread of the virus, but it’s important that clear guidance is in place for people exempt on medical grounds. 

“Sinn Féin will continue to listen to the needs of people with disabilities and ensure they are supported in the time ahead.”

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