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Face coverings mandatory from today: are you getting used to them?

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.

Where and when you need a face covering

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.

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. 

Where to buy face masks and how to make your own

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?


I’m surprised too by the lack of a relevant standard. Wearing of masks by those with flu, for example, could have helped the virus from being spread within families, where distancing is difficult. Covid-19 is new but flu is not.

There is a good accompanying article, currently on the Which? homepage: https://www.which.co.uk/news/2020/10/which-face-mask-tests-reveal-huge-differences-in-filtration/

Which? has put in a great deal of effort here and hopefully the government will push for action to introduce standards and have ineffective products removed from sale.

I bought some of the termin8 masks the day before the Which report came out saying ‘don’t buy’ as they were mentioned in an article from Martin Lewis – Money Saving Expert. As the Which report says they don’t filter particles very well, is there anything I can do to improve this? I thought of putting a folded sheet of kitchen paper inside to provide extra layers, do you think this will be good enough or do you have any other suggestions, other than chucking them!

Plastic ‘Face Shields’ Do not meet the government requirements for a face covering and with the new mutation are even more dangerous. I see them on TV in Tesco adverts, in hospitals and shops, in fact everywhere. Stores can only request and store security are powerless to even insist on the use of face covering that do meet requirements.
When will someone in authority take on this issue.
If I challenge, resturrant staff, shopkeepers, churches and even hospitals I get a ‘cold shoulder’.