In order to help protect you and your loved ones from the spread of coronavirus, from this Friday (24 July), nearly everyone must wear a face covering in shops and supermarkets as well as on public transport and NHS buildings. It’s the law.
By face coverings the government means coverings, such as cloth masks, scarves and bandanna. They are asking that people do not wear medical grade PPE masks, unless they work in the NHS, a Care Home or provide intimate personal care to someone in their own home.
A few people won’t have to wear a face covering. These are: children under 11 and some people with a physical or mental impairment or disability that includes:- people who can’t put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability;- if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress;- if you need to to eat or drink or to take medication; or- if you are shopping with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip-reading to communicate.”
To promote the changes Bristol City Council will be launching a campaign called Are You Covered?
Council staff including the Mayor, cabinet members and the Director of public Health, will be handing out free masks to the public in Broadmead, The Galleries, Cabot Circus and the Bus Station on Friday.
Please support the campaign on social media by looking out for and using the hashtag #AreYouCovered?
And please remember to use a mask, social distance and stay safe.”