Wearing a Face Mask in London

Wearing a face mask in London isn’t currently mandatory but some people are choosing to do so.

The evidence on the use of face coverings is limited, but there may be some benefit in wearing a face covering to prevent the spread of the virus from yourself to others. But please remember, if you are showing any symptoms – you must self-isolate.

See the World Health Organisation guidance on wearing a face mask.

Residents in Scotland have been advised to consider wearing face coverings (facial covering of the mouth and nose, that is made of cloth or other textiles and through which you can breathe, for example a scarf) in certain settings such as in the supermarket and public transport.

Advice from Scotland includes: When applying or removing the covering, it is important that you wash your hands first and avoid touching your face. After each use, you must wash the face covering at 60 degrees centigrade or dispose of safely.

General guidance states that the material must be safe to use (some materials contain dangerous fibres), breathable, removed correctly, washed or disposed of correctly and social distancing measures must still be adhered to. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. Please do your research first before using a home-made mask.

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