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Wearing a face covering

The virus hasn’t gone away. You can do your bit to prevent the spread of coronavirus by wearing a face covering.

A face covering is something that will cover your mouth and nose. It is normally secured via ties or loops round the ears or back of the head.

It is normally made of cloth and you can use items such as bandanas, scarves, religious garment or handmade cloth covering. The important thing is that is covers the mouth and nose and fits securely.

It is different to a face mask.

From Friday 10 December 2021, face coverings must be worn in most indoor public venues, including cinemas and theatres. You do not have to wear one when eating, drinking or exercising.
You must wear face coverings in council buildings, unless you are exempt for a medical or other legitimate reason.

A full list of where you will need to wear a face covering can be found at face coverings - GOV.UK.

We encourage everyone to continue to wear face coverings especially where social distancing of 2 meters is hard.


Wearing a face covering can prevent the spread on coronavirus.

Coronavirus is spread by coughing, speaking and sneezing. But you can have coronavirus and not have symptoms (this means you are asymptomatic). Wearing a face covering can prevent you spreading it to others.

If you have symptoms or have tested positive then you should be self isolating.

They are not a replacement for social distancing or regular hand washing.

Staff and pupils in secondary schools in Leicester will need to wear face coverings in communal areas.

This will apply to all pupils in year 7 and above who go to a school in Leicester (including those pupils who live outside the city).

If you have any concerns regarding your child wearing a face covering, please contact the school.

GOV.UK has resources available on how to make a simple face covering.

Get more information about face coverings in schools.

A face covering can be made from all sorts of material (needs to be a few layers thick) you can even use old socks. The face covering needs to cover your mouth and nose and be fitted securely.

GOV.UK has made available resources on how to make a simple face covering.

Many shops and online retailers are selling face coverings and you can also make your own.

GOV.UK has made available resources on how to make a simple face covering.

GOV.UK has made available resources on how to make a simple face covering.

  • Make sure the face covering is clean and without damage.
  • Wash your hand before you touch the face covering.
  • Pick it up using the loops or ties and place over your mouth and nose and secure carefully.
  • Make sure it covers your nose and mouth.
  • Put your glasses on after your face covering.
  • Do not touch your face covering whilst wearing it – if you need to take it off then do so using the loops or ties.
  • Wash your hands before removing your face covering.
  • If you have a reusable face covering wash at least once a day.
  • Do not wear a dirty or damaged face covering.
  • If using a disposable face covering please dispose of carefully and responsibly.
  • Do not share your face covering with others.

Children under 11 do not have to wear one. Older children should wear one – make sure they fit well and only use ear loops to secure them. Do not use ties for children under 16.