It is now mandatory to wear a face covering in shops as well as on public transport and in other enclosed public spaces where social distancing isn’t possible and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. You’ll find further information, including circumstances when you do not need to wear a face covering, HERE (updated 23 September 2020).
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.
Buying a reusable face covering
There are several places in Bristol Shopping Quarter selling reusable face coverings. It is a good idea to buy more than one as you should wash your face coverings regularly. They can go in with other laundry, using your normal detergent.
Urban Tailor in The Galleries (pictured) has an excellent selection of face coverings, made in a variety of designs from good quality fabric. They are 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.
Needle & Thread in The Arcade have face coverings in a variety of fabrics for just £3 each.
Sobey’s Vintage, also in The Arcade, have used offcuts of vintage fabric in a wide variety of colours and patterns to make stylish washable face coverings. Priced at £8, each one is unique.
Update: in response to public demand, Lush now also have ready-made reusable face coverings in store, made by ReWrap, the women’s cooperative in India that makes their knot wraps. They are priced at £5 each.
Bristol Tourist Information Centre in The Galleries has some lovely handmade reusable face coverings in store, made from 100% breathable cotton in a range of colours. Priced at £7.99 each, they are triple layered for protection, featuring a metal nose bridge, elasticated straps and an inside filter pocket. They’re also available online HERE.
Superdrug on Broadmead has both disposable and reusable face coverings available to purchase in store.
Making your own face covering
If you prefer, you can use a scarf to cover your face or make your own reusable face covering – you’ll find many suggestions online, including these suggestions on the Government’s website, which include instructions for upcycling old t-shirts.
Fabric Land on Bond Street, which is open seven days a week, has a fantastic selection of fabrics in store as well as the elastic or ribbons needed to hold a face covering in place, and, if you don’t want to make your own, Bristol Tailoring, also on Bond Street will be happy to make one to order for you.
Crafts and Curios Africa in The Galleries stocks some beautiful 100% cotton shwe shwe fabric in a wide range of colours and patterns. They recommend washing it at 40° before cutting.
Disposable face coverings
At times you may find it convenient to wear a disposable face covering; these are widely available to buy from a number of retailers in Bristol Shopping Quarter and many shops also have a supply of free disposable face coverings for any customers who need them.
Bristol Waste say:
“Please help keep yourselves and our crews safe by following the advice shared by Public Health England and DEFRA in relation to personal coronavirus waste, such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths. These items should be double-bagged, tied securely and kept separate from other waste for 72 hours, before being placed in your black wheelie bin.”