The current government advice is to wear a face covering in public places to help slow the spread of COVID-19 when combined with social distancing measures. While there lots of different types of face coverings available, we recommend reusable cloth face masks for general public use as surgical masks should be reserved for NHS and healthcare workers.
Tips for wearing your mask
- Always wash your hands before you put on your mask
- Make sure it securely and comfortably covers your nose and mouth
- Adjust the position and try to fit it snugly around your face and ears
- Make sure you can breathe easily with the mask on
How can wearing a face mask protect others?
By ensuring your nose and mouth and covered by your mask, you can help to protect others and slow the spread of the virus in case you’re infected with COVID-19 but don’t have symptoms.
It is now compulsory in the UK to wear a face covering in public places including inside shops or when using public transport. You can your bit to help out and protect others by carrying a mask with you when you leave the house and make sure to wear it in compulsory areas and also when you’re around people from other households where it is not possible to stay 2m apart.
For the safety of others, make sure you follow our tips above when putting your face mask on and don’t pull your mask down or remove it to talk. If you do need to touch your mask to readjust it for example, remember to wash your hands or use hand sanitiser afterwards.
Tips for taking your mask off
- Only remove your face mask when you’re at home and it is safe to do so
- Use the ear loops to lift it off and fold the outside corners together
- You can place reusable cloth masks in the washing machine
- Be careful not to touch your face when removing and always wash your hands after handling your mask