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Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 49123, tabled on 19 May 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will update the Government advice entitled How to wear and make a cloth face covering to provide information on how face coverings can be made with a clear panel to assist those people who utilise lipreading for communication.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

3 June 2020

The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies considered the very limited evidence available on the use of face coverings and advised that there was some positive benefit for reducing the transmission of COVID-19. The Government has not made an assessment of transparent face coverings.

The Government is now advising wearing a face covering in situations where it is difficult to manage social distancing and there may be close contact with people the wearer would not usually meet.

Further guidance on the use of face coverings is available to view at the following link:

Instructions on how to make and use a face covering are also available at the following link:

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