Where to buy the best face masks and face coverings on offer today

Find out where to buy the best face masks as the UK makes them a compulsory wear in shops

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Want to know where to buy face masks? After much debate on their use and how effective they are, the UK Government has declared that people must wear them in shops from 24 July – although there are notable exemptions for children under 11, for people with disabilities or breathing problems, and for anyone travelling with someone who lip-reads. The police will enforce their use and shops will be told to tell customers with no mask that it is no entry.

While the scientific community agrees that they aren't a sure fire way to stop yourself from getting the virus, they do vastly limit the spread of droplet infection and will help to keep the infection rate down. This is essential in situations where it is more difficult to socially distance, such as in shops and other indoor spaces. Their use also helps mitigate the easing of certain lockdown restrictions as we try to reopen the nation.

Many of you might have some reservations about wearing one, so we have found plenty that are comfortable to wear, affordable and do the trick. There are both three-layer face masks that you might find in a medical setting and non-medical offerings that act as a great line of defense and won't take essential stock from keyworkers. Order today to get them in time for the new ruling in the UK. We have options for our US audience, too.

For more advice on finding essentials, head over to our health and beauty hub.

Where to buy face masks

Face mask offers

Please note: these have not been designed specifically for coronavirus and you're still much better to stay indoors when possible, to maintain social distancing when you have to go out, to avoid touching your face and to always wash your hands when you get back. And, of course, if you're displaying symptoms, you should self-isolate for seven days, and your family for 14 days. And remember – think of others when you buy. Please don't stockpile.

Best washable face masks

We think these face coverings will be the most suitable option for the majority of people. They can be reused and many can have filters added for extra protection.

3-layer face masks

These face masks are similar to those used in a medical setting. They are disposable so not the most environmentally friendly, but if you are particularly concerned about the virus and perhaps have been shielding up to this point, you may like the security of these.

Other face shields and face coverings

Can you make face masks at home?

If you're looking for a more affordable solution, there are plenty of easy ways to make a face mask with items you'll likely already have laying around the house. Check out our guide to how to make face masks for all the details.

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Lindsey Davis
Lindsey Davis

Lindsey is Associate Editor of Realhomes.com and has been working on our home interest websites for six years. When she isn't reviewing products for our buying guides, or searching for the best Black Friday bargains, she can be found rearranging her furniture or cooking something new. She aspires to build her own home, but for now is busy tackling the ever-growing list of projects in her Victorian cottage.