Guidance for using face coverings

Social distancing, hand washing and respiratory hygiene are the most important and effective measures we can all adopt to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Therefore the wearing of facial coverings must not be used as an alternative to any of these other precautions or control measures.

The evidence on the use of face coverings is limited, but there may be some benefit to others wearing a facial covering when you enter enclosed spaces, if you have the virus and are asymptomatic. This is especially true where physical distancing is more difficult and where there is a risk of close contact with multiple people.

There is no evidence to suggest that wearing face covering outdoors is beneficial. However, it is likely that in enclosed spaces or unavoidable crowded situations, may provide some protection. Key points to remember when using face coverings;

– A cloth face covering should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably.

– It can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head.

– Wash your hands or use sanitiser before putting it on and after taking it off.

– When wearing a face covering, ensure loose ends are tucked away.

– Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth at all times.

– Do not touch the front of the face covering, or part of the covering that has been in contact with your mouth and nose.

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