The WHO strongly encourages you to wear a mask in the following circumstances:
- If you have COVID-19 symptoms. In this circumstance, you should wear a mask, self-isolate and seek medical advice
- If you are in a public setting such as a supermarket, at work, social gatherings or in a place of worship
- When using public transport. Please note that from 15 June in the UK you must wear a face covering on public transport
- Where physical distancing cannot be achieved. This is especially important for people who have underlying medical conditions and are considered in a high risk category. For more information about high risk groups, please visit the NHS website
Do's & Don'ts - How to wear a face covering safely
The WHO have provided the graphic below to illustrate how to use your face covering.
It is important to note that face coverings should not be used as a substitute for physical distancing. Whilst wearing a face covering you should still physically distance yourself from other people whenever possible.
Making your own face mask
GOV.UK have produced guidance around how to make your own face masks at home.