Posted: Tue 28th Apr 2020

Welsh Government to examine whether face coverings should be worn to protect against coronavirus following new Scottish guidance

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This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Apr 28th, 2020

Health Minister Vaughan Gething said he wants to see more detail on Scotland’s move to advise people to cover their faces when out in public before making a similar decision for Wales. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

The Scottish Government today published guidance recommending people should shield their faces when entering enclosed spaces, such as public transport and food shops. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon clarified the instructions referred to homemade face coverings, such as scarves or other cloth-made items, and not the type of masks used in healthcare settings. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

The information acknowledges that evidence on their use is limited, but adds there may be “some benefit” to it. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

During a press conference today, Mr Gething said he wouldn’t be drawn on whether Wales would follow suit. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

He said: “I need to see the exact detail of what Scotland has said. The challenge is whether you need a face mask or a form of face-covering and whether it does any harm by doing that. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“If we do get formal guidance that people should wear a covering over their face, we need to understand what that means about the way the public will then behave in adopting them. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“We also need to be particularly cognisant of the potential of people trying to acquire masks that would otherwise be used by health and care professionals, ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“I want to see the detail about Scotland, and also want to talk with my own Chief Medical Officer here in Wales before getting drawn into making a definitive comment about the position in Wales.” ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

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