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Need A Face Mask? Here's Where To Buy Face Masks Online Now

Delish UK Logo By Marianna Gould of Delish UK | Slide 1 of 24: With a new variant of Coronavirus, Omicron, making an appearance, the Government is tightening rules in England once again around face mask-wearing. In the government's latest COVID-19 advice, it has announced that from Tuesday (30 November) face coverings will become mandatory again in shops and on public transport in England, along with PCR tests on or before day 2 for all international arrivals and self-isolation for contacts of suspected Omicron cases, including those who are fully-vaccinated. As well as this, it has now been advised that from today (29 November) face coverings should also be worn in communal areas in all education settings by staff, visitors and pupils, or students in year 7 and above, unless they are exempt. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has assured the measures are "temporary and precautionary."Do you have to wear a mask in pubs and restaurants? No. The rules won't be extended to hospitality venues in England. Health Minster Edward Argar says: "It's partly in the nature of pubs and restaurants and hospitality venues where people are eating, drinking... (they) may go to a bar to order a drink, but will often then sip the drink on their way back to their table where they will be seated."What are the face mask rules in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland? In Scotland, masks must be worn in shops, public transport and pubs and restaurants when not seated. They're also required in indoor public spaces in university and remain compulsory for school staff and secondary school pupils.In Wales, masks must be worn on public transport, and in all public indoor areas apart from pubs and restaurants.In Northern Ireland, face masks must be work on public transport, in shops and hospitality venues but are not compulsory in places of worship, or for students in the classroom. What does a face mask do, exactly?Wearing a face mask won't completely stop the virus from spreading, but it will help reduce the likelihood of passing it onto anyone else. Evidence suggests that transmission is more likely to happen indoors when people are in close proximity to one another, and face coverings can reduce the spread if worn properly. Not everyone shows symptoms, and masks can also help reduce virus spread from people carrying COVID-19 but are not showing any symptoms. In a paper prepared by the Environmental Modelling Group (EMG) for the Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (SAGE), it says: "Face coverings can be effective in reducing transmission in public and community settings (medium confidence). Their effectiveness stems mostly from reducing the emission of virus-carrying particles when worn by an infected person (source control). Face coverings (worn correctly and of suitable quality) are likely to be most effective at reducing transmission in both indoor and outdoor settings when people are likely to be close together (high confidence)."How do I take my mask on and off?When wearing a face covering, you should first wash your hands thoroughly for around 20 seconds with soap. Once your hands are clean, attach your mask as evenly to your face as possible. Do this by grabbing the ear loops on either side and placing them over your ears. Try and avoid touching your covering once it's on your face. Once you've got the face mask on, don't be tempted to lift your mask up or down your face to start speaking to someone. Make sure your face mask is always fitted comfortably onto your face, and if it does happen to come loose, try only touching the ear loops or fastenings to re-attach (sanitise or wash your hands immediately afterwards). When taking it off, try only to touch the ear loops and not the actual mask itself. Remove any filter before placing it in the wash (read the care instructions on how to wash your face mask). Finally, wash your hands thoroughly along with any surface the covering may have touched, too. How often do I need to wash my face mask?There are no real rules on how often you need to wash your mask, as it mostly comes down to common sense (and the care instructions). But, if you happen to have been using public transport pretty frequently, try washing your mask every night. Likewise, keep several masks on rotation so you're never without one. If you've been around someone that's symptomatic, wash your mask immediately. And if you're off to see someone who's vulnerable, make sure to wash your face mask prior to and after the visit. Once you've washed your mask, it's good to check that it hasn't lost any shape and will still snugly fit around your face. Where to buy face masks?There are a number of retailers selling face masks and coverings at the minute. So, you shouldn't have too much of a hard time trying to find some. Here is a selection of face masks and coverings you can shop online for right now.Before buying any face mask you can get your hands on, put some time aside to read the fabric breakdown and care instructions. Here are a few questions you could ask yourself:Is it washable?Is it breathable?Does it have elasticated straps? Does it fit snugly over the model's face?Does it have an anti-fog fit? (for those of you with glasses) When will it arrive? If you begin wearing a face mask, remember that it won't completely defend you from the virus. You should continue following other relevant measures, as well as washing your hands frequently.

With a new variant of Coronavirus, Omicron, making an appearance, the Government is tightening rules in England once again around face mask-wearing.

In the government's latest COVID-19 advice, it has announced that from Tuesday (30 November) face coverings will become mandatory again in shops and on public transport in England, along with PCR tests on or before day 2 for all international arrivals and self-isolation for contacts of suspected Omicron cases, including those who are fully-vaccinated.

As well as this, it has now been advised that from today (29 November) face coverings should also be worn in communal areas in all education settings by staff, visitors and pupils, or students in year 7 and above, unless they are exempt.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has assured the measures are "temporary and precautionary."

Do you have to wear a mask in pubs and restaurants?

No. The rules won't be extended to hospitality venues in England.

Health Minster Edward Argar says: "It's partly in the nature of pubs and restaurants and hospitality venues where people are eating, drinking... (they) may go to a bar to order a drink, but will often then sip the drink on their way back to their table where they will be seated."

What are the face mask rules in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?

In Scotland, masks must be worn in shops, public transport and pubs and restaurants when not seated. They're also required in indoor public spaces in university and remain compulsory for school staff and secondary school pupils.

In Wales, masks must be worn on public transport, and in all public indoor areas apart from pubs and restaurants.

In Northern Ireland, face masks must be work on public transport, in shops and hospitality venues but are not compulsory in places of worship, or for students in the classroom.

What does a face mask do, exactly?

Wearing a face mask won't completely stop the virus from spreading, but it will help reduce the likelihood of passing it onto anyone else.

Evidence suggests that transmission is more likely to happen indoors when people are in close proximity to one another, and face coverings can reduce the spread if worn properly.

Not everyone shows symptoms, and masks can also help reduce virus spread from people carrying COVID-19 but are not showing any symptoms.

In a paper prepared by the Environmental Modelling Group (EMG) for the Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (SAGE), it says:

  • "Face coverings can be effective in reducing transmission in public and community settings (medium confidence). Their effectiveness stems mostly from reducing the emission of virus-carrying particles when worn by an infected person (source control).
  • Face coverings (worn correctly and of suitable quality) are likely to be most effective at reducing transmission in both indoor and outdoor settings when people are likely to be close together (high confidence)."

How do I take my mask on and off?

When wearing a face covering, you should first wash your hands thoroughly for around 20 seconds with soap. Once your hands are clean, attach your mask as evenly to your face as possible. Do this by grabbing the ear loops on either side and placing them over your ears. Try and avoid touching your covering once it's on your face.

Once you've got the face mask on, don't be tempted to lift your mask up or down your face to start speaking to someone. Make sure your face mask is always fitted comfortably onto your face, and if it does happen to come loose, try only touching the ear loops or fastenings to re-attach (sanitise or wash your hands immediately afterwards).

When taking it off, try only to touch the ear loops and not the actual mask itself. Remove any filter before placing it in the wash (read the care instructions on how to wash your face mask). Finally, wash your hands thoroughly along with any surface the covering may have touched, too.

How often do I need to wash my face mask?

There are no real rules on how often you need to wash your mask, as it mostly comes down to common sense (and the care instructions). But, if you happen to have been using public transport pretty frequently, try washing your mask every night. Likewise, keep several masks on rotation so you're never without one.

If you've been around someone that's symptomatic, wash your mask immediately. And if you're off to see someone who's vulnerable, make sure to wash your face mask prior to and after the visit.

Once you've washed your mask, it's good to check that it hasn't lost any shape and will still snugly fit around your face.

Where to buy face masks?

There are a number of retailers selling face masks and coverings at the minute. So, you shouldn't have too much of a hard time trying to find some. Here is a selection of face masks and coverings you can shop online for right now.

Before buying any face mask you can get your hands on, put some time aside to read the fabric breakdown and care instructions. Here are a few questions you could ask yourself:

  • Is it washable?
  • Is it breathable?
  • Does it have elasticated straps?
  • Does it fit snugly over the model's face?
  • Does it have an anti-fog fit? (for those of you with glasses)
  • When will it arrive?

If you begin wearing a face mask, remember that it won't completely defend you from the virus. You should continue following other relevant measures, as well as washing your hands frequently.

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