A face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mouth. You can buy reusable or single-use face coverings. You may also use a scarf, bandana, religious garment or hand-made cloth covering but these must securely fit round the side of the face.
The best available scientific evidence is that, when used correctly, wearing a face covering may reduce the spread of coronavirus.
Different regulations exist for wearing face coverings in different parts of the UK, in England, anyone over the age of 11 must wear a face covering at all times on public transport and when in shops.
You are also encouraged to wear a face covering in other enclosed public spaces where social distancing may be difficult and where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
It is important to use face coverings properly and wash your hands before putting them on and taking them off.
Country specific guidance is available at: