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How to use face coverings

Wearing a cloth face covering is recommended in situations where it is difficult to practice social distancing. They may help prevent people who do not know they have the virus from spreading it to others.

If you wear one, you should still do the important things necessary to prevent the spread of the virus.

These include:

  • social distancing
  • covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze
  • washing your hands properly and often
  • not touching your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Find out more about face coverings

See: HSE's 'How to use face coverings' poster (PDF, 1.4MB, 1 page)

Page last reviewed: 02/06/2020
Next review due: 02/06/2023