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Face coverings

Please remember, cloth face masks are ONLY effective when used alongside other safety measures:

  • Social distancing
  • Regular handwashing
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Catch it, bin it, kill it
  • Regularly clean surfaces

When to wear a face covering

National guidance on face coverings

Reading Council buildings

Settings where face coverings are highly recommended

Who should wear a mask

Who shouldn't wear a mask

How to wear your mask

How to clean your mask

National guidance on face coverings

Protect others - wear a face covering if you can

The national safety guidance is to wear a face covering at all times on public transport, in shops and supermarkets or when attending a hospital as a visitor or outpatient:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own

From 8 August, this mandatory guidance has been extended to cover a number of additional indoor public settings, including libraries, museums, places of worship, cinemas and theatres.

There are a number of exemptions. To find out if you are exempt visit: www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own#when-you-do-not-need-to-wear-a-face-covering

You may feel more comfortable showing something that says you do not have to wear a face covering. This could be in the form of an exemption card, badge or even a home-made sign. You can download a government exemption card to print or display on your phone at www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own 

Reading Council buildings

Council buildings where face coverings are now mandatory:

Reading Council, in line with the latest government guidance, now requires members of the public to wear a face covering when visiting any of the following locations that are open (by appointment only):

  • Reading Central Library
  • Reading Town Hall Ceremony Room (for ceremonies)
  • Reading Civic Reception
  • Henley Road Crematorium Chapel
  • Registration Service appointments (at the Civic Offices)*
  • Berkshire Coroners' Office (in the public areas)

*Please note you may be asked to remove your mask during the appointment for identification purposes

The following locations that are currently closed (with reopening date yet to be confirmed):

  • Reading Museum and Town Hall
  • All local library branches
  • The Hexagon, South Street Arts Centre and Concert Hall
  • Berkshire Record Office
  • Community Centres

You will be expected to wear a face covering immediately before entering our buildings and you must keep it on until you leave. 

Please do not be offended if our staff request you to wear a face covering. We appreciate for some people face coverings are not required. If you are exempt from the rules, you may wish to notify a member of staff on arrival. 

Please note, face coverings are not compulsory for staff within a workplace setting and we will be following internal health and safety guidelines on social distancing and hand hygiene.

Settings where face coverings are highly recommended

We are strongly recommending the use of face masks in the reception areas of these settings, especially in situations where social distancing is difficult:

  • Reading Leisure Centres entrance and reception area
  • New Directions Adult Learning College (currently closed to the public)

Who should wear a mask

  • Anyone in public buildings such as libraries or museums (mandatory)
  • People in shops and supermarkets (mandatory)
  • People visiting a hospital (mandatory)
  • People using public transport (mandatory)
  • Anyone who cannot easily social distance e.g working in a small office space

Who shouldn't wear a mask

  • Children under 3 years old or those who may find it difficult to manage them correctly. Wearing a mask is not compulsory for children under 11. 
  • Anyone with breathing difficulties
  • Anyone who exeriences stress or extreme discomfort wearing a face covering
  • Anyone unable to remove a mask without assistance e.g an unconscious person

How to wear your mask

Putting it on

  1. Wash your hands before putting on your face covering.
  2. Grab your mask by the ear loops and place them behind your ears. Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin. 
  3. Make sure your mask fits snugly and you can breathe easily.
  4. Try not to touch your mask. If you need to readjust it, wash your hands before and after touching it. 

Taking it off

  1. Handle your mask only by the ear loops. Stretch the ear loops to remove your mask. 
  2. Fold the outside corners together. Try to avoid touching the outside of the face cover. 
  3. If you can't wash your mask straight away, fold it in half with the inner surface facing out and temporarily place it in a container. 
  4. Wash your hands after touching your mask. 

How to clean your mask

  1. Always wash your mask properly after use.
  2. Wash in a washing machine using normal detergent and with your regular laundry on the warmest appropraite setting. 
  3. Wash your hands after placing your cloth face mask in the washing machine. 
  4. Dry your cloth face mask on a high heat or hang dry thoroughly. 

Do not re-use single-use masks. 

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