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Bristol City Council to distribute 80,000 face masks

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Shoppers and those using public transport in Bristol can pick-up free face masks which will be handed out by city mayor, Marvin Rees, Christina Gray (Director of Public Health) and other council staff at The Galleries in Broadmead, Cabot Circus and the bus station.

As of today (24th July) it’s mandatory to wear face coverings in retail premises and on public transport. The fine for not complying is a £100 penalty.

The 80,000 or so masks handed out by Bristol City Council will be distributed under the “Are You Covered?” campaign.

Whether you collect a free mask or have your own, the council is encouraging the public to upload selfies taken when wearing a mask, and tag the council’s social media accounts and #areyoucovered?

I’m really pleased that shops and businesses are reopening however, Covid-19 is still very much with us.

As we still have no cure or vaccine we must adapt to new safety measures.

It’s important to wear a face covering in shops and on public transport so we continue to protect our community from the continued threat of Covid-19.

Not everyone knows straight away that they have Covid-19, and some display few symptoms at all.

Therefore the best thing we can do to make sure we don’t unknowingly pass on the infection, is to wear a mask, wash our hands regularly and act quickly to self-isolate and take a test if we think we are unwell.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol

While we have been fortunate in Bristol to have low numbers of Covid-19 it has still made many people in our communities very unwell, and some have sadly died.

We must therefore continue our efforts to stop the spread of the infection, particularly as we prepare for the winter months.

A local lockdown like we have seen in other areas of the country can be prevented but only if we continue to maintain Covid safe behaviours which include staying two metres away from people not from our household, washing hands regularly and staying home if we have Covid-19 symptoms.

Covering your face in public provides additional protection to others.

Booking a test is really important as is following the NHS Test and Trace guidance until you have the all clear.

Christina Gray, Director of Public Health for Bristol
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