Face masks / face coverings

Now the guidance has changed and the Dr's surgery and soon to be supermarkets & shops are asking for the public to wear masks, I thought it would be helpful to do a post talking about face coverings/ face masks and how to make them and where to get them.

The government website states:

You must wear a face covering at all times on public transport or when attending a hospital as a visitor or outpatient. Hospitals will be able to provide a face covering in emergencies. If you can, you should also wear a face covering in other enclosed public spaces where social distancing isn’t possible and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. This is most relevant for short periods indoors in crowded areas. You should be prepared to remove your face covering if asked to do so by police officers and staff for the purposes of identification.

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.

Face coverings do not replace social distancing. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, and/or high temperature, and/or loss of, or change in, your normal sense of smell or taste - anosmia), you and your household must isolate at home: wearing a face covering does not change this. You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19.

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.

Face coverings should not be used by children under the age of 3 or those who may find it difficult to manage them correctly.

It is important to use face coverings properly and wash your hands before putting them on and taking them off.

The key thing is it should cover the mouth and nose whilst allowing you to breathe comfortably.

Making your own face covering

Making your own is probably the most cost efficient and planet friendly.  I'm sure you will have noticed the increased amount of litter from masks and gloves in the past few months. Remember, it can be as simple as a scarf or a bandanna that ties behind the head.  Cotton is the best material to use as it captures particles whilst remaining breathable.

There is a useful page here from the gov.uk website, on how to wear and make one at home from an old t-shirt! This is very helpful and also promotes recycling.

There are free patterns and instructions on making different styles of reusable, washable ones here. If you have pretty leftover material scraps or want to make a nice one to match an outfit or for a friend these are good templates.

You can also buy ready made washable masks from local sources. Burnham Resilience Group have compiled a list for you and I will include it below.


Where to get reusable face coverings locally

The Holy Stitchers of St Peter’s Church

The Holy Stitchers are making washable face coverings. These masks would be made and ready to pick up from St Peter’s Church in Burnham. Please contact Pam if you would like one: admin@stpetersburnham.org or 07800 801388. Donations for face coverings can be made online, at our website, by cheque, or cash in envelope. Collection will be from Pam or delivered in Burnham if self-isolating.

School Days Direct

School Days Direct are making both single layer & 3 layer face coverings. The 3 layer coverings are available in a range of colours & sizes, including children’s, medium (ladies), & large (men’s). Contact School Days Direct on 01628 665353 to order and collect from the store, or visit their website: www.schooldaysdirect.co.uk/contact-us/ (652 Bath Rd, Taplow, SL6 0NZ).

Handmade from Maralin Cottenham

Maralin is a local artist in Burnham who is currently making and selling face masks both for adults and children. A range of options for different types of face masks are available. (Including cute designs to make them seem less daunting for children, I got my daughter a cat set!)

For more info, visit her Facebook page here
Or contact Maralin on: 07733 283937

Handmade from Liza Lambert

Liza Lambert is an artist based in Cippenham, currently making and selling face masks for both adults and children.

For more info, visit her website: www.lizalambert.co.uk and click on the drop down to her Etsy shop or the picture here of the colourful masks.
Or contact Liza on: 07954 309596

Where to get single use face coverings locally


There are a number of different supermarkets currently selling face coverings. These face coverings are subject to availability due to high demand. If possible, try to order online for collection.

Asda superstore - 01753 524017, Tesco - 0345 610 6317

Other stores

Lloyds Pharmacy - 01628 604891, Superdrug (online), Boots, The Range, Amazon (online)

Burnham Resilience has compiled this list based on the information available on the date of publication and is sharing these details on a “good faith” basis. We make no claims that stock will remain available, or about the quality of the items provided by any of the above suppliers. Please make your own assessment to decide if the items provided by any of the above (or other) suppliers are suitable for you. Contact Burnham Resilience to suggest changes to the list or additional suppliers to add to future versions of this list.

Supplies available at Burnham Health Centre

Now that it is compulsory to wear a face covering to the surgery, there have been some people arriving without one, either because they forgot to bring theirs or hadn't realised it was now required.  BHPT thought it would be a good idea to supply some washable & reusable ones and Dr Jamil was very keen on the idea!

Mo Pope has been a keen crafter and and stepped up to help make over 100 washable masks, individually packaged, to be used in the surgery and in our Care & Share project!

These masks are available free of charge at the surgery reception but there is a donation box if you would like to contribute. All proceeds will go towards making more masks.

Thank you to Mo Pope for all the hard work you have put in to help keep us all safe.  We all really appreciate it.

If anyone else would like to help with making face masks for the Trust, please get in touch with Lisa on lisa@bhpt.org.uk

Take extra care…


  • You may need more than one, especially if you travel on public transport regularly, for when one is in the wash.
  • Face coverings should not be used for children under the age of two years, or people who might not be able to fit them correctly.
  • You should make sure to wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting on, and taking off, your face covering, and you should avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth at all times.
  • Also make sure to not touch the front of the face covering, or the part of the face covering that has been in contact with your mouth and nose.
  • Once removed, make sure you clean any surfaces the face covering has touched.
  • You should wash a face covering regularly – storing it in a plastic bag until you have the opportunity to wash it - and it can go in with other laundry