Worried about Coronavirus?
We have compiled advice for older people and their families on how to avoid exposure to the virus, as well as actions we can all take to help each other.
Published on 10 July 2020 03:00 PM
This is a stressful time and, at first, news that face coverings are mandatory in public spaces such as shops and public transport may have felt like an added layer of anxiety.
However, it’s important for everyone to get used to this aspect of our ‘new normal’ as soon as possible to best protect both yourself and others.
We’ve put together some top tips to help ingrain wearing a face covering into your routine.
If you’re feeling anxious about wearing a face mask in public, try wearing a face covering to do everyday tasks around the house first. Doing this will help you get used to how it feels and what type of covering might be most comfortable for you. This might be particularly useful for those who wear glasses, as it’s possible that coverings may catch on glasses and fog them up.
We ask that people reach out to older friends and neighbours, particularly those who live alone or are not online, to make sure they have access to face coverings where necessary and are aware of the guidelines surrounding their use.
Wearing a face mask definitely changes our appearances, but just because people can’t see your smile, doesn’t mean they can’t tell that you’re smiling. A friendly wave is a good substitute from a further distance to help boost your mood while out and about.
It’s also important to remember that face coverings are an extra precaution, not a substitute for physical distancing.
What is a face covering?
Guidelines for the safe use of face coverings:
Face covering exemptions
You may have a reasonable excuse not to wear a face covering if, for example:
For a full list of exemptions from wearing face coverings, please see the Scottish Government official guidelines.