People urged to wear face coverings

Dudley Council’s director of public health is reminding people to wear face coverings on public transport, in accordance with new rules coming into force in England yesterday (15 June).

It is hoped people can play their part in reducing transition of the virus by wearing the face coverings, as well as continuing to wash and sanitise their hands regularly.

Bal Kaur, director of public health, has urged people to also consider face coverings when visiting busy indoor areas such as shops and work spaces and is reminding residents of the importance of continuing to follow social distancing guidance.

While the evidence suggests that face coverings do not protect the person wearing them from coronavirus (Covid-19), they do provide some protection for others if the wearer has the virus but hasn’t realised it.

Bal Kaur saidaur said:  

Dudley Council is continuing to work with partners, organisations and businesses to do all we can to keep our citizens safe during this time.

We are asking residents to play their part in the fight against this virus by adding appropriate use of face coverings to the other measures we have already put in place.

Face coverings do not provide the wearer with complete protection and so I would remind everyone of the importance of continuing with strict social distancing and practising good hand hygiene at all times.

National guidance says people should wear a face covering in enclosed public spaces where social distancing is more difficult – in particular for short periods in places where people may come into contact with others they do not normally meet, for example in some shops.

In some clinical settings, such as outpatients or going to see the GP, people will be asked to wear a face covering or have a face mask provided from today.

From yesterday (15 June) people must wear a face covering on public transport. They should be prepared to remove their face covering if asked to do so by police officers and staff for the purposes of identification.

The date coincides with non-essential retailers being allowed to reopen, provided they have taken steps to ensure social distancing.

People can make their own face coverings at home with a scarf or bandana that ties behind their head – the main thing is it covers your mouth and nose and allows you to breathe comfortably.

An easy guide to how to make your own face covering is available on the BBC’s website. There is also advice on how to make a face covering on the Government’s website at www.gov.uk/coronavirus

To safely wear a face covering, people should wash their hands or use hand sanitiser before putting it on and taking it off, avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth at all times, and wash it after every use.

When taking the face covering off, do not touch the part that has been in contact with the nose or mouth. Used face coverings should be stored in a plastic bag until they can be washed.

Face coverings are not the same as face masks, which should be worn by frontline workers who come into close contact with others.

Residents are reminded they must continue to follow social distancing guidelines to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Everyone must:

  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Work from home if you can
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Keep your distance if you go out
  • Wash your hands regularly

Stay at home and self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms of Covid-19, including a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

Anyone, irrespective of age, should be tested if they have symptoms of Covid-19. The test is most effective within one to three days of symptoms developing and should be carried out in the first five days.

People can find all the latest support, information and advice at www.dudley.gov.uk/coronavirus