Get your face coverings ready

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).

From Monday 19 July, the majority of legal restrictions will be lifted, however it is expected and recommended that we continue to wear face coverings in crowded places, such as on public transport and 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.

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.

Damaged Society in The Galleries also sells reusable face coverings, including some quirky designs, like the one pictured here, which we spotted on their Instagram.

Needle & Thread in The Arcade have face coverings in a variety of fabrics for just £3 each.

Sobeys 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.

At Lush on Broadmead, the team have been making their own face coverings using their knot wraps, which come in a wide range of colourful patterns – you’ll find further information on their Instagram.

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.

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.

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.

Recycle your face covering

We’re delighted that from 1 April 2021, you’ll be able to recycle disposable face coverings at Wilko on Union Street.

The store is one of 150 around the UK taking part in the #ReclaimTheMask scheme, which will see your used masks recycled as building boards!

You’ll find further information HERE.

Disposal

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.”