Holding answer received on 18 May 2020
The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies considered the very limited evidence available on the use of face coverings and advised that there was some positive benefit for reducing the transmission of COVID-19. However, the main ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19 are social distancing and washing hands regularly. Therefore, gloves are not recommended as it is more effective to wash your hands regularly, for at least 20 seconds, and to ensure that you do not touch your face. Gloves may provide a false sense of confidence to people wearing them, who then pay less attention to these important actions.
The Government is now advising wearing a face covering in situations where it is difficult to manage social distancing and there may be close contact with people the wearer would not usually meet, for example on public transport.
Instructions on how to make and use a face covering are available at the following link:
Further guidance on the use of face coverings is available at the following link: