World Health Organization (WHO) advice says non-medical face coverings should be worn in public where social distancing is not possible.
Coronavirus is spread when droplets are sprayed into the air when infected people talk, cough or sneeze. Those droplets can then fall on surfaces.
The WHO says there is also emerging evidence of airborne transmission of the virus, with tiny particles hanging in aerosol form in the air.
cloth face coverings and masks can help reduce the spread from people who are contagious but have no symptoms or are yet to develop symptoms. This is called asymptomatic or presymptomatic transmission.
Wearing a face covering will become mandatory in shops and supermarkets in England from 24 July 2020 and is already mandatory on all public transport, and is already compulsory in Scotland. On Keep Safe Masks you will find designer face masks and fashion face covers, to match your mood and occasion.