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.
? Age identification.
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.
? Wash regularly.
? Throw away if damaged.