Health officials recommend that face masks can be effective in limiting the unintentional spread of COVID-19 when used in conjunction with safe social distancing and good hand washing protocols.
Wearing a washable and reusable non-medical face mask is a much-preferred option to those that are used by frontline health care workers.
Where can you get a reusable mask? One that's made well, produced locally, and will support a family-owned business who are weathering the COVID-19 storm. Many retailers are sold out with orders being put onto lengthy backorders.
Well, this is where Kate and Roger from Fancy That on Beach Road come to the rescue! Whilst parties and costuming events have been sidelined for the time being, they have been keeping themselves busy by churning out reusable masks to keep us safe.
Being super handy with a sewing machine, Kate can hand make the masks and, because they're locals, you can pick them up so that you're not waiting weeks for the postie! There are a variety of sizes, styles, and materials to choose from.
Have a look through the album of fantastic and fun patterns on their Facebook page and get in touch with them to place your order.
Wash your hands with sanitiser or soap and water before putting the mask on.
Inspect the mask for tears or holes and make sure you know which way is up and which side is the outside and then fit the mask to your face - making sure it covers your mouth and chin and pinches the bridge of the nose.
Once you take the mask off you should avoid touching your face. Wash the mask in hot water with detergent.