Face masks and coverings have been in the news again this week, with more evidence emerging about their effectiveness in helping to stop the spread of the virus. In the UK, around 23% of the public use face coverings when out and about, which is far lower than in other countries. Even in the USA, where there is divided opinion regarding face masks, the number of people wearing them is at about 63%.
Current guidance advises that face coverings are compulsory on public transport in England. They must also be worn in hospitals by staff, outpatients and visitors. People visiting shops are also advised, but not required, to cover their face if they judge that social distancing is not always possible, especially in smaller or more crowded spaces.
It was announced on Wednesday this week that businesses including beauty salons, nail bars and tattoo studios can reopen safely from Monday 13 July. You can find more on this here. Meanwhile, outdoor pools can reopen today (11 July), with indoor gyms, indoor swimming pools and sports facilities later following on 25 July. Information on this can be found here.
We would encourage everyone to follow the national guidance on wearing a face mask in busy places. Evidence has shown that wearing a face can protect those around you if you have coronavirus but are not showing symptoms. There is information available online so you may want to take a look at these resources here.
Read the full update here: Stakeholder update WE 12July2020