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Face masks required in primary care and community settings

Image: Person wearing face mask with text - You must wear a face covering when visiting GP, dentists and all healthcare facilities

People visiting GP or dental surgeries, high street opticians and community pharmacies are being reminded to wear a face mask or face covering.

This follows the Northern Ireland Executive’s decision that face masks must be worn in enclosed settings where social distancing cannot be maintained.

The purpose of the mask is mainly to prevent the spread of the virus to others, though it will also provide some protection to the wearer.

The World Health Organisation recommends that masks should be made of triple layered cotton or polyester fabric which is washable. It should cover your nose and mouth.

Masks should be used alongside other measures such as social distancing to 2m where possible, and regular hand washing or sanitising.

 Tips on how to apply, remove and take care of masks

For further information or frequently asked questions, see www.hscboard.hscni.net/download/PUBLICATIONS/covid-19/face-mask-coverings-QAs.pdf