How to Wear and Where to Buy Re-usable Face Coverings Locally

The wearing of face covering is now mandatory in shops (as they have been on public transport since 15 June) with fines of up to £100 for those not complying. Children under 11 years old and people with certain disabilities are exempt (if you see someone not wearing a face covering there please understand there might be a good reason). 

Advice from the government, and from bodies like the WHO, has changed a good deal over the last few months however the consensus now seems to be that, if made and worn properly, they do reduce the risk of droplet contamination.

If you’re not sure about the difference between a face mask and a face covering please see the government’s explanation below.

Please invest in reusable rather than single-use coverings

Thousands of single use masks are going to end up in landfill or even worse, dropped as litter and ending up in our rivers, canals and the sea. A french ecology group reports there will soon be more facemasks than jellyfish in the Mediterranean sea.
Please consider buying two or three reusable masks from a small independent retailer or an individual. Look after them, wash them, reuse them. This is just as safe and effective.

Where to get face coverings in our area

Lambourn Valley

Jean Cox in East Garston by donation to church bell fund.
Mum’s Handmade Masks washable masks made in Indonesia, collect from Lambourn.                Trindledown Farm offer patterned face coverings which can be posted. Call 01488 567971.


Face Covers of Hungerford lots of fun fabrics to choose from, £4 each or 3 for £10.
Inklings of Hungerford stock machine washable face coverings for adults and children. £8.
Luna Too Boutiques on Bridge Street (also available online).
DIY Face Covering Sewing Kits from Crown Needlework on the High Street

Wantage & Grove

Arbery Emporium in Arbery Arcade stocks pretty and comfortable masks by Black Cat Designs
Personalised Face Masks with your own image or text on them (you can even have your own face printed on them) £10 (inc 2 filters and size adjusters) from Snob’n’Lock in Wantage 01235 768696.
Facial coverings made by Helping Hands Wantage & Grove £2.50 donation per mask towards food parcels.
Handmade 4 layer Facial Coverings by Sam Bowers £2 each. Collect from Grove or request postage. The Hive Hut eco shop in East Hendred offers face coverings for sale


Packaging Not Included sells ethically made face coverings in Hughenden Yard.
The Merchant’s Shop on Marlborough High Street sells pretty ones for £5.
Luna Marlborough Boutique on the High Street has fashionable face coverings.
Betsy Irwin based at Ogbourne St George offers a choice of 2- or 3-layer face covers to buy online.


Tres Luna Boutique in Parkway (also available online).
Isla Boo Face Coverings for adults & children available from Pandora’s Box Emporium, Faraday Road, Newbury (behind the Newbury Weekly News offices) open 7 days a week 10am-4pm. 
Nano Tech Face Masks from Pure Eco Clean in Newbury. £10 each with £2 going to Newbury Soup Kitchen
Plums Pixels Love by Claire Plumridge in Chieveley offer a creative range on Etsy.


Designs by SAZZ offers a great range of fun fabrics.


Swindon Town Community Foundation are selling STFC face covering snoods and limited edition commemorative League Two Champions snoods

Please contact if you want to be added to this

Community Mask Trees (where you can get a covering in exchange for a donation) are popping up locally eg Wantage, East Challow and Uffington.

If you want to start your own, see link above for how to get it registered on their location map.

How to make your own face covering

If you have some fabric, face coverings are easy to make at home. Here are some instructions to get you started:

How to wear and wash your face covering

On a lighter note, we’ve seen advice on facebook advising that they be treated like underwear:
  • do not touch or adjust them in public.
  • do not borrow or lend them.
  • make sure it fits tight but is comfortable.
  • make sure it’s clean (wash at highest possible temperature after use).
  • wear the right side out.
  • if it’s damp, change it.
  • if it has holes or stains, through it away.

What is the difference between a face covering and a face mask?

According to the government:

In the context of the Covid-19 outbreak, a face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mouth. You can buy reusable or single-use face coverings. You may also use a scarf, bandana, religious garment or hand-made cloth covering but these must securely fit round the side of the face.

Face coverings are not classified as PPE (personal protective equipment) which is used in a limited number of settings to protect wearers against hazards and risks, such as surgical masks or respirators used in medical and industrial settings.

Face coverings are instead largely intended to protect others, not the wearer, against the spread of infection because they cover the nose and mouth, which are the main confirmed sources of transmission of virus that causes coronavirus infection (COVID-19).

If you wish to find out more about the differences between surgical face masks, PPE face masks, and face coverings see the MHRA’s (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) regulatory status of equipment being used to help prevent coronavirus (COVID-19).


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