Where to buy face masks online – TV, movie, gaming-inspired, non-medical, reusable face masks, some with filter pockets, to wear on public transport or at shops.
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It’s now compulsory to wear a face mask or face covering on public transport in England and Scotland, as well as in hospitals (for visitors and outpatients). As a number of non-essential retailers also start to open again, government advice for the UK also recommends wearing non-medical face coverings “in other enclosed public spaces where social distancing isn’t possible and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet”.
While a face covering can’t provide a complete guarantee of protection against the coronavirus, non-medical face masks can help to provide protection for others against COVID-19 (for example, if “you are infected but have not yet developed symptoms”, the government advice notes). And other measures, such as social distancing and thorough hand-washing, also remain important when it comes to staying as safe as possible.
A number of people have been making their own face coverings at home following the government advice, in order to reserve stocks of medical-grade masks for health and care workers. But if you’re not confident when it comes to sewing, then there are a number of businesses, from big to small, offering non-medical, reusable face masks – and many have a pop-culture theme.
Note – Guidance on children’s use of face coverings may vary depending on where you live. For example, UK government advice states: “Face coverings should not be used by children under the age of 3 or those who may find it difficult to manage them correctly.”
The latest advice from the UK government on face masks is here, with information also available via the Scottish Government and Welsh Government, while the Northern Ireland Executive’s statement is here. Advice from the Irish Government is here.