PROMOTING THE USE OF FACE COVERINGS IN ARGYLL & BUTE
CALL TO ACTION FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS – 3 July 2020

Face coverings can reduce the spread of Covid-19. The Scottish Government issued
guidance on 11 May 2020 about their use. This includes use in enclosed spaces
where it may be difficult to ensure physical distancing from other people and on
public transport from 22 June. As lockdown measures reduce in-line with the national
route-map, their use will be compulsory in shops from 10 July:
https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-phase-2-staying-safe-andprotecting-others/pages/face-coverings/
However, people should not wait till then to start wearing masks. Local feedback
suggests the use of face coverings is low throughout Argyll and Bute. Reasons for
this may be related to people not having access to face masks, not knowing how to
use them, or not understanding the benefits of wearing them.
The Caring for People Tactical Partnership which was set up in response to the
emergency in March is issuing a call to local community groups in Argyll and Bute to
help promote the use of face coverings. This help includes:
 Crafting groups to make face masks;
 Local community groups to be a point of contact for the delivery and
distribution of face masks; and
 Local community volunteers to be advocates and champions to promote the
benefits of wearing face coverings and role model this in their own
communities.
Face coverings in the community do not have to be set “hospital” standard and there
are lots of designs available online. Masks are more likely to be effective if they
consist of more than one layer of different fabrics. They can be made easily at home
from old clothes like t-shirts or bed linen. Have a look at these links for ideas:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52609777
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08dq7y2
https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/coronavirus/coronavirus-guidance/facecovering-guidance/
https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/face-masks/article/face-masks-where-to-buy-themand-how-to-make-your-own
Further information is available by emailing the NHS Highland Public
Health Department in Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care
Partnership at: High-UHB.ABHealthImprovement@nhs.net

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