Facemasks are officially trending here in the UK after the government released public safety guidance advising that we should now be donning the masks whenever we find ourselves in a situation where social distancing is not guaranteed.

“If you can, wear a face covering in an enclosed space where social distancing isn’t possible and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. This is most relevant for short periods indoors in crowded areas, for example, on public transport or in some shops”

To help you out we thought we would publish an easy, step-by-step guide, to mask-wearing.

Before we begin, you should be aware that there are several different types of masks available to buy. We will go into more detail about the differences between them in our blog post ‘Choosing The Right Mask’.


  1. USE THE EAR LOOPS TO PICK UP THE MASK: First and foremost, make sure your hands are clean. Avoid touching the mask itself, bring the loops up to your ears and then secure them as tightly as you can. If the mask you have uses ties instead of loops, then tie the upper pair around the rear crown of your head and the second pair around the nape of your neck.

2. ENSURE IT COVERS BOTH YOUR NOSE AND MOUTH. Masks keep you from spraying microscopic bacteria into the air by covering your nose and your mouth which means they potentially protects others from catching the virus from you, should you have it unknowingly. A mask can also provide some protection from any nearby particles in your vicinity.

3. TRY TO MAKE SURE YOUR CHIN IS COVERED TOO. Whatever kind of mask you are wearing, try to pull it around the base of your chin. This will really help you to secure the mask and prevent it from slipping when you are out and about

4. SECURE THE MASK AROUND THE BRIDGE OF YOUR NOSE. If your mask has a metal tab just where the bridge of your nose should be, be sure to pinch it into place so that the top of the mask fits snuggly to your face. NB; if you feel the metal tab on your chin then your mask is upside down! If it doesn’t have a metal tab then simply pinch the stiff section across your nose until it moulds comfortably. Wash your hands again once you have finished putting your mask on.

5. Once you’re ready to remove your face mask, wash your hands with soap and water or use a hand sanitiser gel. Never touch the front of your face mask as this is the part that is most likely to be contaminated.

We hope these quick tips make you feel a little bit more confident when putting your mask on and taking it off.

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