Published June 10, 2020 at 15:58
Rossendale Council is urging resident to make it, wear it, wash it as face coverings become mandatory on public transport next week.
From Monday, June 15, face coverings will be required while using public transport in England.
Government advice is, wherever possible, for people to continue to avoid public transport and instead walk, cycle or drive, but for some people this may not be an option.
And when using public transport, people need to wear a face covering.
Rossendale Council is launching a campaign to help people to make their own face covering as well as give advice about the best way to use them.
Members of the public should not need to wear the surgical masks healthcare providers and other workers use as part of their personal protective equipment (PPE). These clinical ppe resources are scarce and should be preserved as far as possible for those at clinical risk.
Councillor Jackie Oakes, Portfolio Holder for Health and Leisure, said:
“As face coverings become mandatory next week we thought it would be helpful to share some advice and guidance on making them and using them. You can make a simple face covering at home with a scarf or piece of fabric and this is enough to help stop the spread of the virus from one person to another.
“It’s quite simple and there are plenty of easy guides that you can follow to make your own face covering at home. These can then be washed and reused each time you go out.
“We have all seen so many people wearing medical masks but it is simply not required outside of a healthcare setting.”