Face Masks UK – An Update

We are being advised by the government to consider wearing face coverings in enclosed public spaces to help reduce the spread of coronavirus. Especially as there are reports of increased cases in certain regions of the UK. 

Wearing of face masks is particularly recommended when going into pubs, restaurants, bakeries, supermarkets, GP surgeries and post offices. In other words if you are visiting a public enclosed area where it will be difficult to keep a Social Distance. 

What is important note is that, it is mandatory to wear face masks when using public transport in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. So our advise is to be well prepared and informed before travelling. 

Travelling by airline, the government has also mentioned that one “must wear a face covering on board an airline service in England and Scotland.” This includes when setting foot into an airport, however in Scotland it is mandatory. Therefore please check before travelling. We have some very nice face masks for every occasion

It is also compulsory for all hospital visitors and outpatients in England to wear face coverings. This is what the government had to say: “Members of the public are strongly urged to attend hospital wearing a face covering, but a face mask will be provided in emergencies.”

Do we have to wear face masks? It seems like everyone in England and Scotland now has to wear a face mask or other covering on public transport. Young children with breathing difficulties and disabled people are exempt. For children that are able to wear a face masks, we have special masks for children.

The UK government is recommending to wear face masks or coverings in enclosed places. The advice is in place for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with Wales recommending the wearing of “three-layer” masks. In Scotland, face coverings will be mandatory in shops throughout the country from 10 July. Please check again with your local authorities as regulations seem to be changing constantly. 

Even Uber has announced that both drivers and passengers have to wear face masks or coverings. With high-street shops and all other non-essential stores now open for business, now is the right time to buy a face mask.

Well, if you’re looking for a face mask that you can wash, rewash and wear over and over again, there are a number of places where one can buy face masks right now, but we tend to offer some very competitive prices when compared to Amazon or Ebay. Therefore we recommend our readers to visit vdressup.com

Can wearing face masks stop the virus? Face masks won’t stop coronavirus from spreading so you still need to follow health officials’ advice for social distancing and washing your hands regularly. What they can do is help reduce the likelihood that you pass it on if you are suffering from the virus – remember that there are also people who don’t show symptoms of COVID-19.

The government’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty, says wearing a face mask or covering “is an added precaution that may have some benefit in reducing the likelihood that a person with the infection passes it on.”

Most retailers producing these commercially-available face masks state that the face masks they sell are not sold as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health and care workers to use in the work place.

Who needs to wear face masks? In Scotland, face masks and other coverings should not be used for children under the age of five years. Meanwhile, Northern Ireland says children under 13 don’t have to wear face coverings.

The government’s official COVID-19 advice for people wearing face masks in England says: “Face coverings should not be used by children under the age of two, or those who may find it difficult to manage them correctly, for example primary age children unassisted, or those with respiratory conditions.”

Wearing a face covering could be particularly challenging for asthma sufferers to breathe properly and Asthma UK says don’t wear one if you are finding it hard.

As we all know, convincing younger children to keep anything on their face or head is no easy feat so there are face masks available for kids, which might help in encouraging them to keep them on. These often come in cool dinosaur, rainbow or Disney designs.

Be sure to wash your hands before touching the face mask to wear it, before removing it and after you have taken it off.

 

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