Aldi To Sell Two-Packs Of Reusable Face Masks For £4.99 From Sunday
With face coverings becoming mandatory on public transport in England from 15 June, the budget supermarket will be selling unisex, one-size-fits-all face masks, which are made from machine-washable cotton.
Sold in packs of two for just under a fiver, each mask is double-layered and covers your mouth and nose. With elastic ties, they can easily be attached behind your ears, while the cotton fabric promises a 'soft and comfortable wear'.
The masks will be on sale from Sunday 14 June, just in time for the new measures to be implemented - though stores will also be selling a 10-pack of disposable face masks for £5.79 from tomorrow (11 June).
Just bear in mind that the masks are designed to be used as a general facial covering, and are not intended as a medical device or personal protective equipment, or to be used in healthcare settings.
If any shoppers are also interested in making their own face coverings at home, Aldi has partnered with The Big Community Sew to create a helpful online how-to guide.
It is also selling what's known as 'fat quarters', a smaller section of a larger piece of fabric.
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The Aldi website explains: "As a rule, fat quarters are created by cutting half a meter of full fabric width and then cutting this in half again, but vertically.
"The result is a lovely sizeable piece of fabric from which you can work your magic."
While face masks will be mandatory on public transport from 15 June, the government has also advised that people wear them when in enclosed spaces.
The government website says: "If you can, wear a face covering in enclosed public spaces where social distancing isn't possible and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
"Evidence suggests that wearing a face covering does not protect you. However, if you are infected but have not yet developed symptoms, it may provide some protection for others you come into close contact with."
It continues: "A face covering is not the same as the surgical masks or respirators used by healthcare and other workers as part of personal protective equipment. These should continue to be reserved for those who need them to protect against risks in their workplace, such as health and care workers, and those in industrial settings, like those exposed to dust hazards."
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