Ever since the virus began to spread, there has been much debate regarding the effectiveness of face masks with various discussions to who should be wearing them and how to use them safely.

Although it remains paramount that the general public do not wear surgical face masks as they need to be reserved for NHS staff and frontline workers, there has been some new advice which everyone should take seriously released by the government on 11th May.  Now they are advising you should wear a face covering when you are in an enclosed space where social distancing becomes impossible including shops and public transport.

There is a difference between the words ‘face mask’ and ‘face covering’ – the latter being the word the government has opted for. A face mask is a surgical-grade mask only required for care workers or the sick. The general public is being advised to wear a ‘face covering’, which is simply something that covers your mouth and nose. This could be a scarf, a handmade face mask, or a piece of cloth.

If you do decide you want to wear one, you have two options: fashion your own DIY face covering, or pick up an alternative, such as a non-medical face mask (there are lots of handy crafters making these to sell) or a neck gaiter / summerweight snood or similar.

So heres a few suggestions;


  • GHTGHTS Fashion Cute Heart Face Shield - Reuseable - £5.99 +£5.98 p+p Amazon

  • Outdoor Face,Washable,Reusable Air Purifying Carbon Filter £10.99 +99p p+p Amazon

  • DOSHINE Bandana Face Mask£10.98 + £3.00 delivery Amazon

  • Art Deco, Fan Pattern, Vintage, Era, Gold,Black,Elegant Mouth Mask Fashion Face Mask for Men and Women, Boys and Girls from £1.99 +£8.99 shipping - Amazon

  • Unisex Face Mask Folk Motives - Reusable and Washable, Anti-dust, 100% Cotton Fold-flat Face Shield (Medium, Red birds) £8.99 +£3.99 delivery Amazon

  • Premium Face Mask (4 Layer) Cotton with pocket for additional 5th layer (optional), Washable + Re-usable, UK Handmade £8.25 GraciemaeCraftDesign on Etsy

  • Cotton Facemask - Washable Reusable - White Moustache Print £8.00 Cotton Facemask - Washable Reusable - White Moustache Print Add to Favourites DapperandSuave on Etsy

  • Pikachu pokemon fashion face mask - Adult size only £15.00 Chinabambi on Etsy

  • Hygiene Face Mask Adults, Fashion Face Mask, Reusable £12.76 RicochetGears on Etsy

  • Fashion Face Mask Washable Textile Face Mask, WHITE BEARDED MAN Style, Natural Look £12.76 EvercoverHelmetCover at Etsy

  • Octopus Reusable Face Mask for Women, double layer face mask, handmade face mask, mask for kids, face mask washable, fashion face mask £12.76 DevilWalking at Etsy

  • Adjustable reusable face mask, floral face mask, washable face mask, pleated face mask UK, adjustable mask, face mask with nose wire £7.50+ HollieandBoo at Etsy