Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus MacNeil has welcomed the production of an official face covering exemption card by the Scottish Government to support those who are unable to wear a face mask to feel more confident and safe in public places.

Mr MacNeil was contacted by several constituents who faced a negative response on public transport or accessing public services when they were not wearing a mask.

In response he wrote to the Minister for Public Health Joe Fitzpatrick MSP in support of the call by Asthma UK and British Lung Foundation Scotland to create an official card.

Mr MacNeil said: “I am very pleased that action has now been taken on this. No one who cannot wear a face mask due to health conditions, disability or other special circumstances should face any discrimination and the introduction of an official face covering exemption card is a very welcome step.

“I have heard of those who have been asked to provide proof of exemption but did not have this, causing anxiety and upset. The introduction of this card is very welcome step and I would encourage all who cannot wear a mask for various reasons to request a card.”

Physical and digital cards are available to request online from today (29 October) at or via a free helpline on 0800 121 6240.