This document is intended to give clear guidance on the wearing of face coverings in public settings. Guidance is targeted at the three main groups of people affected by the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Protection Framework) Order 2021 requirement for the use of face coverings and includes consideration of people who have a physical or sensory disability, mental health or otherhealth condition that makes wearing a face covering unsuitable. There is guidance and context for businesses and the general public about people who are exempt from wearing face coverings. Refer to the MS file for guidance and information. 

Wearing a mask or face covering helps keep you and others safe. They are particularly useful when physical distancing is not possible. Face coverings are only one part of keeping yourself and others safe. You can read more about masks and face coverings using one of these files: Large Print, Audio MP3, and Braille Ready Format for blind people with Braille devices.