Wearing face coverings and how to make your own
The Government is advising everyone to wear a face covering in enclosed public spaces where social distancing isn’t possible and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
This is most relevant for short periods indoors in crowded areas, for example, on public transport or in some shops. From 15 June, you must wear a face covering on public transport.
Evidence suggests that wearing a face covering does not protect you. However, if you are infected but have not yet developed symptoms, it may provide some protection for others you come into close contact with.
Face coverings do not replace social distancing. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you and your household must isolate at home. Wearing a face covering does not change this.
A face covering is not the same as the surgical masks or respirators used by healthcare and other workers as part of personal protective equipment. These should continue to be reserved for those who need them to protect against risks in their workplace, such as health and care workers.
It is important to use face coverings properly and wash your hands before putting them on and taking them off.
In this video Councillor Kate Taylor, Cabinet member for Health and Adult Social Care, explains why and when we should wear face coverings.
We've also created this guide to making your own face covering from a t-shirt.