Face coverings and face masks can help reduce the chance of you spreading infection to others, especially in crowded and enclosed spaces, and may protect you from becoming infected by some respiratory viruses.
If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as COVID-19, and have a high temperature or do not feel well enough to go to work or carry out normal activities, you are advised to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.
There is guidance on steps you can take to protect other people if you are unwell with symptoms of a respiratory infection, including COVID-19.
From 27 January 2022, face coverings are no longer required by law in any setting. Public health guidance will remain in place, suggesting individuals should continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces, where you may come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
You will also be required to wear face coverings when entering an NHS setting, including GPs, hospitals and pharmacies.
Updated: 06 December 2022