You must wear a face covering:
- on public transport
- in hospitals
- in shops and supermarkets (from 24 July)
If you can, you should also wear a face covering in other enclosed public spaces where social distancing isn’t possible.
Children under the age of three should not wear face coverings.
There are some exemptions, for instance young children aged 3-10 (they can wear them, but they are not required to); when you are eating or drinking; to take medication; if the act of putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress; if you are providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate. More exemptions are listed here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own
For exemptions in different parts of the UK please refer to the specific guidance for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
If you want to make your own face covering, there are plenty of instructions available online – the government does not endorse any particular method.
If you wish to use your own materials from around the home, you can visit the Big Community Sew website where there are step-by-step video tutorials on how to make face coverings and other useful tips and advice. https://www.bigcommunitysew.co.uk
A face covering is a covering of any type, which covers your nose and mouth.
You should remove your face covering if a police officer or other official requests that you do so.
Visit www.gov.uk for further information.
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