Following the Government announced that wearing a face mask will be compulsory from 24 July in shops, LCC have forwarded the guidance below
- What is a face covering?
Something which safely covers the nose and mouth – reusable or single-use.
Can use scarf, bandana, religious garment or hand-made cloth covering.
Not classified as PPE (personal protective equipment).
- The reason for using face coverings
May reduce the spread of coronavirus droplets in certain circumstances.
Not a replacement for social distancing/regular hand washing.
- How to wear a face covering
A face covering should:
Cover your nose and mouth while allowing you to breathe comfortably.
Fit comfortably but securely against the side of the face.
Be secured to the head with ties or ear loops
Be made of a comfortable/breathable material e.g. cotton.
Include at least two layers of fabric.
Be washable (unless disposable).
When wearing a face covering you should:
Thoroughly wash/sanitise hands before putting on.
Avoid wearing on neck or forehead.
Avoid touching the part in contact with your mouth and nose.
Change if it becomes damp or if you’ve touched it.
When removing a face covering:
Thoroughly wash/sanitise hands.
Only handle straps, ties or clips.
Don’t share with someone else to use.
If single-use, dispose of it carefully in a residual waste bin and don’t recycle.
If reusable, wash it in line with manufacturer’s instructions.
Thoroughly wash/sanitise hands once removed.
- When to wear a face covering
Public Transport (mandatory).
Shops and Supermarkets as of 24 July 2020 (mandatory).
Other enclosed public spaces where social distancing difficult (advisory).
- Exemptions to wearing a face covering where they are mandated
Young children under the age of 11
Physical/mental illness, impairment, or disability.
If causes you severe distress.
If assisting someone relying on lip reading to communicate.
To avoid harm/injury, or risk of harm/injury, to yourself or others.
If you must eat/drink.
If you need to take medication.
If police officer/other official requests you remove your face covering.
Face coverings: when to wear one & how to make you own
- Face coverings at work
No universal face coverings guidance for workplaces.
Employers must make sure risk assessments address COVID-19 risks.
If employees choose face covering, normal policies re PPE/occupational workwear apply.
- Making your own face covering
Make your own face covering.
- Maintaining/disposing of face coverings
Store reusable face coverings in a plastic bag until washed.
Clean any surfaces the face covering has touched.
If eating in a restaurant, don’t place the face covering on the table.
Throw away if damaged.