Face covering advice

As an added precaution and to help reduce the spread of coronavirus the public is now advised to consider wearing a face covering the nose and mouth in enclosed public spaces, such as in shops, trains and buses, where you are more likely to come into contact with people you do not normally meet.  

They do not need to be worn outdoors, while exercising, in schools, in workplaces such as offices and retail.

It is stressed that face coverings are not a replacement for social distancing and regular handwashing which remain the most important actions. Face coverings can help us protect each other and reduce the spread of the disease if you are suffering from coronavirus but not showing symptoms. People with coronavirus symptoms, as well as members of their household, should continue to follow the advice to self-isolate.

Public strongly urged not to buy medical grade masks so they can be saved for frontline health and care workers but make their own using scarves or other textile items that many will already own. Read the guidance on how to wear and make a cloth face covering.

It is important people refrain from touching their face covering when wearing it, where possible, to avoid hand to mask transmission of the virus and it is important to wash the masks after every use.