Advice to help control the spread of coronavirus

06/07/2020, PR-9461

​Wakefield Council is reminding residents of the correct way to wear face coverings to help control the spread of coronavirus.

Face coverings are now compulsory for the majority of residents when travelling by public transport and recommended for use in enclosed spaces when social distancing is difficult.

With temperatures rising, it is also important to be able to recognise the signs of heat stress which can be caused by wearing face coverings and the personal protective equipment required to do some jobs safely.

Be aware of the signs and symptoms of heat stress and dehydration, which can include a headache or dizziness and confusion, feeling sick or becoming pale and clammy.

It is important, especially for older people, to stay fully hydrated and to know the actions to take to cool someone down.

Cllr Faith Heptinstall
Cllr Faith Heptinstall

​Cllr Faith Heptinstall, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said: "By wearing a face covering you are helping to protect others and controlling the spread of the coronavirus.

"As we move into summer, the temptation not to wear a face covering or to wear them incorrectly because of the heat is understandable but please make sure you know how to wear a face covering correctly and recognise the signs of heat stress, should you or someone else begin to feel unwell."

Director of Public Health

​Anna Hartley, Wakefield's Director of Public Health, said: "A cloth face covering should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably. It can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head.

"Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting it on and after taking it off. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth at all times and store used face coverings in a plastic bag until you have an opportunity to wash them.

"Do not touch the front of the face covering, or the part of the face covering that has been in contact with your mouth and nose."

Babies and toddlers under two must not wear a face covering or those with a respiratory condition like asthma. The public transport guidance also states children under the age of 11 are exempt and lists a number of other good reasons not to wear a face covering – these can be found here.

Residents can find up to date information on the Council's dedicated coronavirus information web page at www.wakefield.gov.uk/stayingsafe