Wearing a face covering of some kind is recommended in a number of instances when out of the house, and is a requirement in others. These durable, reusable masks are an ideal solution that are both practical and stylish.
From 15th June 2020, in England, it is compulsory to wear a face mask or covering on public transport, including busses, trains, aircrafts and ferries. This will also be the case in Scotland from 22nd June.
If you’re caught without a face mask, you’ll be denied access to public transport and be given a fine of £100 (£50 if paid within 14 days).
But there are exemptions. These rules don’t apply to children under the age of 11 and disabled people or those with health conditions when there is a ‘reasonable excuse‘ not to. If you think this might apply to you, take a look at our face mask exemption card, which includes detailed information on the exemptions.
It’s also worth keeping in mind that the Government has advised people to wear face coverings in hospitals and in enclosed spaces where social distancing isn’t possible.
In England, from the 15th June, people visiting the hospital to see a patient or as an outpatient are strongly advised to wear face coverings. But no one will be denied care and masks will be provided by the hospital ‘in emergencies’.
In enclosed spaces, such as shops, where social distancing isn’t possible, the Government has advised that you wear a face covering. This applies to people in England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.
As an employee, it’s up to individual businesses to assess whether PPE is necessary for any particular context, so check the rules for your particular work setting with your employer.
Please keep in mind that these fabric masks aim to minimise the transmission of viruses by limiting the spread of droplets created by the wearer. However, unlike surgical masks or filter masks, they don’t protect the wearer in the same way.
If you’re unsure what mask to get for yourself or a loved one or care assistant, visit our comprehensive guide to PPE explained.