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Wearing a face covering in shops and enclosed public spaces is now mandatory in England. This includes supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, banks and takeaways.
The new rules are an extension of the government guidelines that were put in place in June, which made masks compulsory on public transport to help defend against the coronavirus.
Children under the age of 11 and those with disabilities or certain health conditions will be exempt from the rule.
As the coverings become more and more prevalent in daily life, so too do the options available to us.
Numerous high street retailers including Adidas, Boden, Mango and Anthropologie have started to stock fabric designs in a range of summer prints and patterns.
And now, The British Fashion Council (BFC) has launched a line of coveted designer non-medical masks, which cost only £15 for a pack of three.
It’s a joint campaign with Bags of Ethics, to manufacture and retail internationally, sustainable and reusable non-medical face coverings to use alongside existing social distancing measures.
The non-medical masks, all created in London, have been designed by six sought-after British designers, Halpern, Julien Macdonald, Liam Hodges, Mulberry, RAEBURN and RIXO.
There are two packs to chose from, each featuring three of the designers creations.
The project aims to raise £1 million with 100% of sale profits going to charity and split between NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal, BFC Foundation Fashion Fund and Wings of Hope Children’s Charity.
Each face coverings has been made from GOTS certified organic cotton sateen with two layers of fabric, a nose-strip to create a snug fit around the nose and mouth, a filter panel, adjustable ear straps for comfort, and an anti-fog fit for glasses.
Suitable for sensitive skin, the print is made from non-toxic REACH compliant inks, and the protective pouches are made from upcycled fabrics.
Who says you can’t combine responsible safety with haute-couture? Certainly not us.
Where to buy BFC face masks
John Lewis | Shop here
The department store sold out of BFC masks pretty sharpish earlier this week. The brand have now re-stocked the masks, but are already proving very popular.
Sainsbury’s | Shop here
Sainsbury’s is now stocking the masks and currently have them in stock. If you spend over £20 online you’ll qualify for free Click & Collection, otherwise, delivery charges apply.
Boots | Shop here
Boots has the face mask 3-pack currently in stock, and their website advises that options for children will also be coming soon.
ASOS | Shop here
You’ll be able to buy the designer face masks from ASOS next week and delivery will cost £4.
Waitrose | Shop here
Waitrose will only start stocking the masks from the end of June.