WITH Brits warned they may be forced to start wearing face masks in shops, we round-up where to get your hands on one.
It comes as the Prime Minister was snapped wearing a bright blue face mask for the first time this week as he visited his Uxbridge constituency.
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He also warned that the government is looking into broadening guidance on face masks.
Boris Johnson said: "We need to be stricter in insisting people wear face coverings in confined places when meeting people they don't normally meet.
"So that's why it's mandatory already on public transport, and we're looking at ways of making sure that people really do observe when you do have face coverings in shops for instance where… there is a risk of transmission."
It's been mandatory to wear a face mask on public transport in England since June 15 while you're encouraged to wear one in confined spaces or where you may come into close contact with people from outside of your household or bubble.
Face masks are also compulsory on public transport in Northern Ireland and Scotland, but not in Wales.
In Scotland, face masks must also be worn in shops and at transport hubs, such as train stations and airports.
Scientific evidence shows face coverings can stop you passing coronavirus on to others if you are asymptomatic or have yet to develop symptoms.
But what type should you buy, can you make your own and where can you buy them? We explain.
What type of face mask should you buy?
Top advisers in SAGE recommend a face covering that you can make yourself, or you can use something like a bandana or thick scarf for when you're out and about, saving you money so the NHS can get the top grade PPE.
Do not buy an N95 of FFP3 mask as they are most needed by NHS heroes and carers, and those looking after people with coronavirus, and can only be worn once.
But, non-N95 and FFP3 masks can be reused and should not just be thrown away – so are the better option.
You could try buying a fabric face mask, DIY face mask (FFP1) or cycling mask from the shops, or even making your own.
If you buy or make your own cloth mask they can be reused if you wash it thoroughly at over 60C.
Also read our information on the types of masks you can rewash.
Where can you buy face masks online in the UK?
High demand means a lot of retailers initially sold out, but there are some shops with stock.
Just make sure to check delivery times beforehand as your order may be delayed due to the coronavirus.
Fabric reusable face coverings
- Buy from Aldi – prices start from £1.50 each but that's for a two-pack costing £2.99, plus £2.95 delivery (it's free on orders over £30)
- Buy from Amazon – prices start from £1.50 including delivery
- Buy from ASOS – prices start from £10, plus £4 delivery (it's free on orders over £35)
- Buy from Boots – prices start from £5 a mask but they only come in three-packs for £15. Delivery starts from £1.50 for click and collect
- Buy from eBay – prices start from £1.20 including delivery
- Buy from Etsy – prices start from £2.50 including delivery
- Buy from NEXT – prices start from £10, plus £3.99 delivery
- Buy from Notonthehighstreet – prices from £5.50 including delivery
- Buy from PrettyLittleThing – prices from £3 but delivery is £3.99 on top
DIY dust/face masks
- Buy from B&Q – from 60p each but that's for a ten-pack costing £6 with free click and collect delivery
- Buy from Wickes – from £1.25 (there's no stock currently online but there may be availability in stores)
Disposable face masks
- Buy from B&M – from £1.99 but you can't buy online so you'll have to go in store
- Buy from Boots – prices from 50p per mask, although the cheapest bundle is £15 for a pack of 20 (75p per mask). Delivery starts from £1.50 for click and collect
- Buy from Home Bargains – 20p a mask as part of a 50-pack for £9.99, plus delivery from £3.49 (it's free on orders over £50)
- Buy from Etsy – prices start from £15.70, including delivery
- Buy from Halfords – prices start from £5 with free click and collect delivery or £3.99 home delivery
- Buy from Wiggle – prices start from £17.99, including delivery
How to make a homemade mask
IF you're unable to find a mask, you could make your own at home.
Homemade masks won't offer the same level of protection as medical-grade ones, but it hasn't stopped DIY tutorials popping up online.
One of the simplest ones involves using two layers of kitchen roll and one tissue cut in half.
You then cover each end with masking tape – and you can even tape down some wire to stiffen the mask, if you have any.
Finish by punching holes in each end and threading elastic through to fit around your ears.
If you don't have elastic bands you could also use a hair tie.
If you do wear a mask you still need to follow the advice of often washing your hands and maintaining a social distance from people.
In England, the rules are to try and stay at least 2meters apart, although 1meter is now acceptable if the former isn't possible.
If you believe you have symptoms, sit tight at home and get someone else to go out for you if you can.
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