Face coverings generally refer to a piece of material used to cover the nose and mouth, often in the form of a homemade cloth mask. The aim is to form a barrier to virus-filled droplets that are coughed, sneezed, or simply breathed out when talking.
These face coverings are an additional measure in the fight against COVID-19. The high-quality clear face coverings must be worn in all indoor public places, and public transport, including taxis to stop the spread of covid-19.
Face coverings help by catching the small droplets we sometimes spread when we talk or cough. If you have COVID-19, even without any symptoms, and are not wearing a face covering the risk of spreading it to others nearby can be as high as 70%. If you wear a face covering, the risk of spreading it drops significantly.
By wearing a face covering you protect those around you, and they protect you by wearing theirs. It is important to wear a face-covering in busy and crowded enclosed spaces where you cannot keep a safe distance from others you do not normally meet, like in busy shops.
You must wear a face mask inside your home if someone you live with is sick with symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive for COVID-19.