Get your face coverings ready

From Monday 15 June, the UK Government says you must wear a face covering when travelling on public transport. It is also recommended you wear them in enclosed public spaces where social distancing isn’t possible and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet, for example, in some shops.

It is important to note face coverings alone cannot protect yourselves and others from viruses; hand washing, social distancing and other measures must also be followed. Please refer to UK Government guidelines.

You can use a scarf or a disposable face mask but may prefer to make or buy some washable cloth masks; you’ll find many suggestions online, including these from the Government’s website, which include instructions for upcycling old t-shirts.

Fabric Land has a fantastic selection of fabrics on its website as well as the elastic or ribbons needed to hold a face covering in place, and, when they reopen, Bristol Tailoring on Bond Street will be happy to make one for you. Urban Tailor in The Galleries (pictured) kept busy making face coverings during lockdown, which are now on sale priced £5 each or three for £12.

Beyond Retro on Broadmead have some fantastic upcycled face coverings, priced at £15 for a pack of three – for every pack sold they donate another to grassroots homeless charities across the UK.

Damaged Society in The Galleries also sells face coverings.