Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 27th May 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb Green

To ask Her Majesty's Government what scientific advice and other factors they are using to determine whether to recommend the use of face coverings in public.

Photo of Lord Bethell Lord Bethell The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies considered the very limited evidence available on the use of face coverings and advised that there was some positive benefit for reducing the transmission of COVID-19. However, the main ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19 are social distancing and washing hands regularly.

The Government is now advising wearing a face covering in situations where it is difficult to manage social distancing and there may be close contact with people the wearer would not usually meet. Further guidance on the use of facemasks is available in the Staying safe outside your home guidance published on 11 May in an online only format on GOV.UK.

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