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Wearing a Face Covering

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Date: July 22, 2020


It is now compulsory in England for anyone aged 11 or over to wear a face covering on public transport, in NHS facilities as a visitor or outpatient, or from 24 July 2020 inside shops, supermarkets and indoor shopping centres . It will also be compulsory to wear a face covering when buying food and drink to takeaway from cafes and shops.

You can read the Government advice about when to wear a face covering here.

Those with the following circumstances are exempt from wearing a face covering, regardless of the venue:

This list of exemptions is not exhaustive and extends to anyone with justifiable reason for not wearing one on the grounds of health or disability.

Wearing a face covering can help stop the spread of coronavirus. You must still keep your distance, and follow good hygiene.

Keeping hands clean and following good respiratory hygiene are crucial in helping to stop coronavirus spreading. This includes:

Handwashing is particularly important. The guidance suggests doing it when you get back home after being outside, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, and before you eat or handle food. If you’re working, wash your hands when you get to work.

You must self-isolate and get tested if you become ill with coronavirus. Older people and those with dementia are at higher risk of severe illness if they catch coronavirus, so should be extra careful to follow guidance on staying safe.

Read the Alzheimer’s Society advice on what you can do to help loved ones with dementia understand the importance of face coverings.

Some people also like to wear a sunflower lanyard, which indicates hidden disabilities including dementia. These are becoming more popular and well-recognised in shops, there is more information about the scheme here: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/blog/hidden-disabilities-dementia-sunflow…

We also wanted to share this helpful infographic from the World Health Organisation about the correct way to wear your face covering .

Visit the World Health Organisation website for more information . 

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