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Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL3722, tabled on 29 April 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether wearing (1) non-surgical facemasks, and (2) glasses, alongside social distancing measures in closed public places, reduces the respiratory spread of COVID-19.

Answered on

8 June 2020

After careful consideration of the latest scientific evidence from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, the Government confirmed face coverings can help to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, in some circumstances. Evidence shows a face covering can help to reduce the spread of droplets and therefore the potential infection of others.

From 11 May 2020, the public were advised to consider covering their mouth and nose when in enclosed spaces, such as public transport or shops.