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The UK is slowly but surely reopening and as it does, we are all being asked to take additional steps to protect ourselves and others from the Coronavirus.
From the 24th July 2020 all adults and children over the age of 11 (in England) or five (in Scotland) are to wear a face mask or suitable face covering to all shops and supermarkets.
Up till now, the wearing of face masks has been compulsory on public transport and in hospitals only, wearing them to shops has been a personal choice. However, with the wider reopening of businesses and those who were asked to shield now being advised that they can also go out more, it has now become a mandatory requirement to wear a face mask when out shopping from Friday.
And, if you think that ‘it’ll be ok this once’ without your mask, you could be slapped with a fine of up to £100. Whether you’re for or against face masks they are here to stay for the foreseeable and the main reason behind wearing a face mask is to keep everyone safe, that’s got to make it worth it, right?
Wearing a face mask doesn’t however, exempt you from you not practicing social distancing or hand washing – these measures still firmly remain. You can find the official line on wearing face masks and the potential fines for not wearing a mask (without good reason) at the government website.
Do I need to wear a face mask to ALL shops?
Yes. Face Masks will be compulsory at all shops, including our RED Barracuda Vape stores where you’ll find our staff are wearing them already.
There are exemptions for people who have certain disabilities, they may choose to wear a badge identifying them as exempt from wearing a face mask.
If our staff team asks you about wearing a face mask (and you’re not exempt) please don’t be offended, they’re following strict protocol which has been set out by the government and reinforced by the business. More importantly they are protecting you and themselves from the further spread of the virus.
Where do I buy a face mask from?
Lots of online shops, high street and luxury brands sell face masks, including disposable and reusable masks. Some brands have utilised leftover fabrics to make masks, ensuring that the material goes to some good use instead of landfill, some are being sold with the proceeds going to charity. There are so many designs available, from the simple to the super fancy!
Have you got your mask yet? We’ve selected a few of our favourite face masks available now to buy:
If you don’t want to buy a mask, there are lots of online demo videos and guides on how to make your own face mask. We found this simple to use guide on theBBC and it is great if you have some fabric or a small scarf at home you can recreate your own unique face mask from!
Do’s and Don’ts of wearing a face mask
There are a few guidelines to be mindful of whilst wearing your mask to ensure maximum effectiveness at controlling the spread of bacteria and the virus: