From 8 August it will be law to wear face coverings in indoor settings including beauty salons, hairdressers, museums, community centres and places of worship. It is already compulsory to wear them in shops, supermarkets and on public transport.
Councillor Stephen Craddock, Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing said:
“With Walsall residents required to wear face coverings in more places it is important to understand how to dispose of your face covering correctly to reduce the spread of coronavirus.”
“We recommend the use of reusable face coverings as these can be washed and then reused to prevent waste. If you do use disposable face coverings then they should be thrown away after each use.”
If you need to dispose of your face covering, and no one in your household is showing symptoms of coronavirus or self-isolating, please follow the following guidance:
If you or a member of your household is showing symptoms of coronavirus and self-isolating, you should continue to use your black bin collection service as normal, with the following important exceptions:
Councillor Stephen Craddock, Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing added:
“Face coverings should cover your mouth and nose and once you are wearing one it is important that you do not touch it or your face. Handwashing remains vital in reducing the spread of coronavirus so remember to wash your hands before and after removing your face covering. It is vital that everyone plays their part to keep Walsall communities safe by wearing a face covering if they are not exempt and by disposing of it safely.”
For more information about face coverings, please visit the Government website.
Notes to editors
This page explains what face coverings are, their role in reducing the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19), the settings in which they are recommended, and how they should be safely used and stored. This information is based on current scientific evidence and is subject to change. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own
Public Health England states that Children under three should not wear face masks as they could cause choking and suffocation.
Some people do not have to wear a face covering. They include:
You can take off your mask if: