How can we safely and legally dispose of used face masks?

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How can we safely and legally dispose of used face masks?

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It’s important to make a distinction between the masks and respirators used in healthcare settings, and the face coverings used as a precautionary measure by healthy people.

From 15 June anyone travelling on public transport will have to wear a face covering. The Government recommends fabric coverings which can be washed, but there is nothing to prevent people wearing a simple disposable mask. Members of the public should not try to obtain surgical masks, which are needed by NHS and care workers.

Re-use and disposal of face coverings from healthy people

Face coverings should be changed every day.

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