Public Service Announcement

Chris Hipkins says: “People who fraudulently misuse the process will be in breach of a COVID-19 Order under the COVID-19 (Public Health Response) Act 2020”

Examples of matters which are NOT “fraudulent misuse of the process”.

1. Stating “I am exempt” without having an exemption card.

2. Advising anyone you are exempt for any condition mental or physical you have that you consider makes wearing a mask unsuitable for you.

3. Obtaining and/or showing any exemption card and specifically any card that has been put out endorsed by Ministry of Health (including DPA and others).

4. Relying on any of following reasons (just as examples).

🙃 I have asthma, and this makes wearing a face covering difficult

🙃 I have a skin irritation, eczema, or sensitive skin and this makes wearing a face covering difficult

🙃 I wear hearing aids, and these make wearing a face covering difficult

🙃 I get migraines, and these make wearing a face covering difficult

🙃 I have glasses, dry eyes or contact lenses and these make wearing a face covering difficult

🙃 I get hay fever, and this makes wearing a face covering difficult

🙃 I have difficulty breathing, and this makes wearing a face covering difficult

🙃 I get dizziness, headaches, nausea or tiredness, and these make wearing a face covering difficult

🙃 Wearing a face covering gives me a runny nose

🙃 My child cannot wear a face covering at school

🙃. None of these apply to me = a legit option you can choose.

(If you want to get a card currently go here: https://www.health.govt.nz/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-health-advice-public/covid-19-use-face-masks-community/covid-19-advice-people-who-are-unable-wear-face-mask?fbclid=IwAR1rW3bjceKtat89ZeCo-8h3IB8pHW20Ozd97MzUv9y1VoX9v-pLPFmZhQk

(note they’re “collecting data” so you may wish to skip the delivery to your home and nominate an email account for electronic copy. you can print it out.)

Choose a reason from their list. Or, choose “none of the above apply to me.”

Choose “condition” when asked why wearing face covering unsuitable for you.

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