You’re no doubt aware that face coverings are now mandatory in shops and on public transport in Scotland, with a few exceptions for children under 5 and those with certain medical conditions or disabilities. You can find the full rules and exemptions on the Scottish Government website here.
It’s worth noting that what is required is some kind of face covering that covers your nose and mouth, not necessarily a surgical or medical grade face mask. Even a scarf will do. And while fabric face coverings won’t give you full protection from catching COVID-19, there’s growing evidence that they can mitigate the spread, hence the new rules.
Reusable fabric face masks have many benefits: you can wash and re-wear them, which is much greener than disposable ones, they don’t deplete the medical supply, and there are thousands of different designs and styles available to let you complement your style and show your personality (even when your smile is hidden).
NOTE: Face coverings and face masks are an additional method of protecting our communities, not a replacement - you should still continue to follow social distancing measures and wash your hands! Get guidance on how to wear a mask safely on the WHO website.
First we want to give a shout out to the amazing Edinburgh Mask Makers, a voluntary group of about 800 volunteers who make and distribute non-surgical masks for charities, organisations and businesses who need PPE but who don’t have access to it. If you or someone you know is vulnerable and needs a mask, check them out.
When Nicola Sturgeon was seen in a tartan mask by Slanj Kilts they were quickly overwhelmed with demand. Fortunately Edinburgh’s local business community has once again stepped up to the plate producing face masks and face coverings all over the city! So we’ve put together a roundup of some of the places you can get a face mask in Edinburgh while supporting a local business, and in many cases local charities too.
Unless you're in an enviroment with a high risk of exposure to COVID, you don't need a medical or surgical mask. A fabric one will do just fine, and there are plenty of places to get one in Edinburgh:
Face coverings are likely to be around for a while, so we may as well start incorporating them into our style. There are plenty of fashionable face mask options on offer:
Feeling crafty and got a little time on your hands? You could always make your own mask! Edinburgh Mask Makers have a number of downloadable patterns for homemade face masks on their Facebook page.
There are plenty of places in Edinburgh to get fabric and sewing supplies too:
We all want this pandemic palaver to be over as soon as possible, so if you're able let's #maskup and do what we can to protect our communities.
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