Wear a face covering
Remember to wear a face covering especially in enclosed public spaces when social distancing can be difficult or when you are in contact with people you would not normally meet.
This includes when you are using public transport, car sharing and using taxis. Please remember to wear a face covering if you are attending healthcare settings such as a hospital, clinic, GP surgery or pharmacist.
COVID-19 usually spreads by droplets from coughs, sneezes and speaking. These droplets can also be picked up from surfaces, if you touch a surface and then your face without washing your hands first. This is why social distancing, regular hand hygiene, and covering coughs and sneezes is so important in controlling the spread of the virus.
The best available scientific evidence is that, when used correctly, wearing a face covering may reduce the spread of coronavirus droplets in certain circumstances, helping to protect others.
Because face coverings are mainly intended to protect others, not the wearer, from COVID-19 they are not a replacement for social distancing and regular hand washing.