How to wear me:
Wash your hands before and after fitting the face covering.
Place it over your mouth and nose, using the ear loops to secure it and make sure it’s snug.
Don’t touch your face covering while wearing it. If you accidentally touch it, wash or sanitise your hands.
Remove the face covering by lifting off the ear loops, without touching the fabric or your face, then wash or sanitise your hands immediately afterwards.
Wash your face covering in the washing machine after every use. It’s fine to launder it with other clothes.
When to wear me:
There are some places where you must wear a face covering by law. Different rules exist in different parts of the UK about which you can find out more on the relevant regional websites.
In England, you must wear a face covering in all indoor settings where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
Because face coverings are mainly intended to protect others, not the wearer, from COVID-19 they are not a replacement for social distancing and regular hand washing. It is important to follow all the other government advice on COVID-19 including staying safe outside your home. If you have recent onset of any of the most important symptoms of COVID-19, you and your household must isolate at home: wearing a face covering does not change this.
Regular hand washing with soap and water, covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and not touching your face with unwashed hands still remain the most important actions according to the latest NHS and government guidance.