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COVID-19 - Face Coverings

Advice about wearing face coverings

It is mandatory to wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth in enclosed spaces. This includes supermarkets, shops, shopping centres and in public transport hubs. Restaurants, pubs and gyms will be exempt.

A face covering is classed as something which safely covers the nose and mouth.

Before you use a face covering :

-You should wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use a sanitiser

-Avoid wearing it on your neck or forehead

-Avoid touching the part of the face covering in contact with your mouth and nose as it could be contaminated

-Change the face covering if it becomes damp or you've touched it.

When removing a face covering:

- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use a sanitiser before removal

- Only handle the straps, ties or clips

- Do not share with anyone else to use

-If it is a single use covering, dispose of it carefully in a residual waste bin

-If it is reusable, please wash it in line with manufacturer's instructions at the highest temperature appropriate with the fabric

-Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use sanitiser once the face covering is removed

Please note that:

Face coverings will not be mandatory for anyone under the age of 11, or those with disabilities or certain health conditions, such as respiratory or cognitive impairments that it make it difficult for them to wear a face covering. Public Health England has been made aware that face coverings for babies and very young children are available for sale in England. Children under the age of three should NOT wear face coverings, as they could cause choking or suffocation 

The list of exemptions, which has been in place since face coverings became mandatory on public transport, includes hidden conditions such as anxiety or panic disorders, autism, breathing difficulties, dementia, reduced vision or if you are with someone who relies on lip reading to communicate.

People are not required to prove they are exempt and it is for individuals to choose how they would want to communicate this to others. For those who would feel more comfortable showing something that says they do not have to wear a face covering, exemption cards are available to print or display on mobile phones from

The updated Government guidance on the mandatory wearing of face coverings can be found here. This is the best way to ensure that you have the most up to date guidance.

More Government Guidance on generally staying safe outside your home by wearing face coverings and social distancing can be found on this page Staying Safe Outside Your Home

Making a face covering

You can make face-coverings at home. The key thing is it should fit securely and cover the mouth and nose. You can buy reusable face coverings, make your own at home or use a scarf or bandana, religious garment or cloth covering.

I need someone to make a face covering for me

This space has been created to be able to post any community groups in York making face coverings for their residents and who to contact. If you are a group or organisation offering to make face coverings please do contact and we can arrange for your offer to be posted here.

York Rotary Club - for details of their initiative to make face masks/coverings please go to this page here.

I am happy to help out

If you are happy to make face masks for residents as a volunteer role please get in touch with one of the community groups, above as they start to appear, so you can offer your services. Thank you in advance. 

We are a community group that needs help

If you are a community group offering to make face coverings but need more volunteers please contact

Last reviewed: 19/10/2020