Coronavirus (COVID-19) face coverings

On the 24 July, the law in England changed regarding the use of face coverings.

Website: Face coverings: when to wear one and how to make your own from GOV.UK (opens in a new window)

Wearing a face covering

  • a cloth face covering should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably - it can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head
  • wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting it on and after taking it off
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth at all times and store used face coverings in a plastic bag until you have an opportunity to wash them
  • do not touch the front of the face covering, or the part of the face covering that has been in contact with your mouth and nose
  • once removed, make sure you clean any surfaces the face covering has touched
  • you should wash a face covering regularly. It can go in with other laundry, using your normal detergent
  • when wearing a face covering, take care to tuck away any loose ends
  • when travelling in taxis or private hire vehicles your child should follow the advice of the driver
    • for example, they may be asked to sit in the back left hand seat if travelling alone
    • if they need to be near other people they should avoid physical contact, try not to be face to face with other people, and keep the time spent near other people as short as possible
    • be aware of the surfaces they or others touch

Our Director of Public Health Kathryn Cobain, visited the market town of Evesham to find out how people are getting on with their face covering and to answer their questions.

To help us wear and wash our face coverings properly, Public Health Consultant Rachael Leslie has made this video.

Children and face coverings on school transport

  • if your child is over 3 years old they must wear a face covering when travelling on public transport
  • children in secondary education (not primary school children or children who attend special schools) should wear a face covering on school transport
    • they must be able to use a face covering as per the directions below and will require 2 face coverings one for the journey there and one for the journey back
  • some people may not be able to wear a face covering, for example primary aged children, people with breathing difficulties and people whose disabilities makes it difficult for them to wear a face covering;
  • a face covering is not the same as the surgical masks or respirators used by healthcare and other workers as part of personal protective equipment
    • these should continue to be reserved for those who need them to protect against risks in their workplace, such as health and care workers, and those in industrial settings, like those exposed to dust hazards
  • the driver and support staff and other passengers may be wearing face coverings, you should talk to your child about this before the journey

Face coverings on all public transport

Website: Transport Secretary's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 4 June 2020 (opens in a new window)

Website: Health and Social Care Secretary's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 5 June 2020 (opens in a new window)