Face coverings

Wearing face coverings

From Monday 15 June you must wear a face covering on all public transport and also if you attend any hospital site. Further details about staying safe outside your home are available here.

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell. You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at www.gov.uk/coronavirus

The public has a crucial role to play in containing the spread of the virus. Washing your hands more often, for 20 seconds. Use soap and water or a hand sanitiser when you: get home of into work, blow your nose, sneeze or cough, eat or handle food. Protect yourself and others.

Babies and children under 11 years do not require face coverings

Please help us spread the word about babies and children under 11 not requiring face masks.
The requirement for adults to wear face coverings in shops and confined spaces came into being last week.
As a result, we are aware that some parents have seen masks for children available on-line and we need to ensure parents are aware of this important safety message:
  • Babies and young children under 3 years must not wear face coverings or masks as they can lead to suffocation.
  • There is no requirement for any children under 11 years to wear a face mask or covering.

Certain medical conditions exempt people from having to wear a face covering. You can print out a card to show on public transport and shops that you have a medical exemption and this can also be downloaded to your mobile ‘phone.

Further information, including how to make your own face covering is available here.

Please remember this important message: children under 11 years are not required to wear face masks and children under 3 should not wear face coverings.


You can follow our Coronavirus Doncaster updates on social media – for the latest information from all organisations in Doncaster:

Latest updates from the NHS UK are available here.

The NHS in Doncaster and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

As per the current advice, the most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves remains washing their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Make sure you cough or sneeze into a tissue, put it in a bin and wash your hands.