Government leaders have launched a campaign to encourage more people to use face coverings in situations when in public situations.
Face coverings are being strongly recommended in situations where it is difficult to practise social distancing, for example, in shops or on busy public transport. People are also advised to wear them when visiting vulnerable people.
However, their use remains non-compulsory.
“We don’t need a law change to make this happen,” Minister for Health Simon Harris said.
“Every single one of us today can face up to our own personal responsibility.”
The Department of Health estimates that one in four people currently use face coverings.
Official guidance says wearing cloth face coverings may help prevent people who do not know they have the virus from spreading it to others. If you have COVID-19 (Coronavirus) or have symptoms of the virus, you must self-isolate. Do this even if you wear a face covering.
Those who do wear one are being reminded to also do the important things necessary to prevent the spread of the virus.