Face coverings in adult learning centre

How to wear and remove a face covering

Here is a quick reminder from the World Health Organisation (WHO) who have produced a short, informative video demonstrating How to wear a fabric mask safely.

At an adult learning centre

In accordance with the latest government guidelines, face coverings are no longer advised. The government suggests that you continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet. Some people may continue to wear a face covering and the following information is for those that choose to.

Please note, there will be a few exceptions to the above, if this applies to your class, your Tutor will discuss this with you.

Some people are exempt from wearing face coverings for health, age or disability reasons so please be respectful of this. Please be mindful that wearing a face covering may inhibit communication with people who rely on lip reading, facial expressions, and clear sound. In these instances, transparent face coverings can be worn to assist communication. Transparent face coverings may be effective in reducing the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), however, the evidence to support this is currently very limited.

Face visors or shields can be worn by those exempt from wearing a face covering but they are not an equivalent alternative in terms of source control of virus transmission. They may protect the wearer against droplet spread in specific circumstances but are unlikely to be effective in preventing the escape of smaller respiratory particles when used without an additional face covering. They should always be cleaned appropriately.

Please bring your own face covering with you. Should you forget your face covering, a replacement can be obtained from reception.

A face covering should:

  • Cover your nose and mouth while allowing you to breathe comfortably.
  • Fit comfortably but securely against the side of the face.
  • Be secured to the head with ties or ear loops.

When wearing a face covering you should:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before putting a face covering on.
  • Avoid wearing on your neck or forehead.
  • Avoid touching the part of the face covering in contact with your mouth and nose, as it could be contaminated with the virus.
  • Change the face covering if it becomes damp or if you've touched it.
  • Staff and learners may consider bringing a spare face covering to wear if their face covering becomes damp during the day.
  • Avoid taking it off and putting it back on a lot in quick succession.

When removing a face covering:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before removing.
  • Do not touch the front of your face covering during use or when removing it.
  • If single use, dispose of it carefully in a 'black bag' waste bin and do not recycle.
  • Place reusable face coverings in a plastic bag you can take home with you.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser once removed.