Wearing face coverings

11:55am - 17 July 2020

Wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets will be mandatory from Friday (24 July) to minimise the overall risk of coronavirus.

Those who fail to comply will face a £100 fine, although children under 11 and those with certain disabilities will be exempt.

Face coverings should also be worn when using public transport and visiting a hospital.

“Face coverings can be simple pieces of cloth, such as a cut-up T-shirt or bandana, though the more layers of material the better,” said Cllr Mike Bell, North Somerset Council’s deputy leader, whose portfolio includes public health. “The mask needs to fit snugly around the face, covering the mouth and nose, though you should still be able to breathe comfortably.”

The Government has produced a guide to making your own and the BBC also has a how-to guide to make your own as well as answers to some FAQs about face coverings.

“Social distancing and hand washing are still vital to help protect yourself and others against coronavirus,”  added Cllr Bell. “Continue to stay at least two metres away from anyone you don’t live with or who isn't in your support bubble.”

If that’s not possible, you can keep a distance of one metre but only if you take other precautions:

  • one metre plus a face covering
  • one metre plus face away from each other
  • one metre plus keep interactions brief.

Keep washing your hands more often, including when you get home, before you eat or handle food, after you blow your nose, cough or sneeze.

Use soap and water for 20 seconds and use hand sanitiser if soap and water isn’t available.