Face coverings are now mandatory in shops in England – joining Scotland. Have you been wearing one, and what’s your experience been?
From today, face coverings are mandatory in shops in England, with fines of up to £100 for non-compliance, meaning a lot more people will have to wear one in day to day life.
Face coverings are already mandatory in shops in Scotland, in hospitals in England and on public transport across the UK.
After a lot of debate and gradual, piecemeal changes to the rules in the UK, one thing is now becoming clear: face masks are the new normal for many of us.
But most of us will never have bought or worn one before and they can take some getting used to.
A step-by-step guide on how to make your own face mask at home.
Once you put your mask on it's important to avoid touching your face or the mask until you're ready to take it off again.
— Which? (@WhichUK) July 24, 2020
Official advice is that a three-layer reusable fabric mask is best for the general public, but getting the right one for fit and comfort might be a case of trial and error.
Your face covering experiences so far
Have you been able to find a face covering that works for you?
What features have you found useful? And what don’t you like about wearing a covering – from bugbears to more significant issues?
We know that there are concerns about what the widespread adoption of masks means for certain groups like those who rely on lip reading to communicate.
If you, or someone you know are exempt from wearing a mask, how has this affected you?