How Long Do Reusable Face Masks Last?

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Face Masks

With laws in place in the UK requiring people to wear face masks in a number of indoor public settings, the how many face masks you need will depend on your schedule and how often you are required to wear a reusable face mask.

Whatever your schedule and lifestyle it would be a good idea to have at least two reusable face masks. One to wear and one to have in the wash. Our collection of reusable face masks are easy to wear, washable and have a pocket to add a disposable filter if desired. Plus they come in lots of great designs to collect and enjoy.

It is also important to remember that you should not share reusable face masks as this can pass germs between people and so you will need enough reusable face masks for each member of your family.

Children and Face Masks

The WHO organisation have advised that children over 12 should wear a reusable face mask in the same situations as adults should so any children over the age of 12 will certainly need their own reusable face masks. As with adults, it is a good idea to make sure they have two, one to wear and one for the wash.

Children under 12 may also require a reusable face mask in certain circumstances or you may feel safer if they wear one when they are in public spaces.

When do You Need to Wear a Mask

Rules vary depending on where you are but the general advice is that wearing a reusable face mask in a public space will help to stop the spread of COVID-19 as well as other airborne illnesses. Wearing a reusable face mask in certain areas also has the added benefit of reducing the amount of pollution you are inhaling which is also good for your lungs.

According to the UK Government website you must wear a reusable face mask:

  • On public transport.
  • In transport hubs such as airports rail or bus stations and terminals and ports.
  • In supermarkets and other shops including hire centres.
  • In shopping centres and indoor markets.
  • At auction houses.
  • If you go to the post office, bank, building society, solicitor, accountant or any other building providing financial, legal or professional services.
  • Personal care and beauty centres.
  • Veterinary practices
  • Visitor attractions and entertainment venues.
  • Libraries.
  • Places of worship.
  • Community centres.
  • Funeral homes.
  • Exhibition halls and conference centres.
  • Public areas in hotels.
  • Storage and distribution centres.

As you can see this covers the majority of indoor spaces which means you may wish to have multiple reusable face masks if as the guidance suggests you should only use a reusable face mask once before washing. This means that you may wish to have a separate reusable face mask for your journeys to and from work.


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