How are cloth face coverings different from Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)?

Non-medical, cloth face coverings are different from PPE.

PPE are items such as surgical masks and visors used in health and care settings. The advice remains that PPE should only be used in healthcare settings and can be counterproductive if used outside of this.  It is important that PPE is reserved only for health and care workers and are not used by the general public.

For members of the public, face coverings can be made at home and do not need to be professionally made.   Many face coverings are washable and reusable, so require a smaller supply than single use PPE masks.

Cloth face coverings should cover the bridge of your nose to the bottom of your chin.  Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly (for at least 20 seconds) before and after touching or adjusting your face covering. More information about using a face covering safely.