Black face masks – where to buy plain, reusable and washable face coverings

Black face masks – where to buy plain, reusable and washable face coverings

September 23, 2020

FACE masks are now mandatory in shops in England and on public transport, with £200 fines for people who refuse to wear one.

In a speech to Parliament on Tuesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced, after a spike in coronavirus cases, that the fines will now double if you're caught without a mask in indoor public spaces.

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They're now mandatory for staff in pubs, restaurants and shops along with anyone getting a cab.

People will have to cover up when they go into their local or out for dinner – or when they need to nip to the loo now too.

Pubs and restaurants will also have a 10pm curfew from Thursday and they will only be able to offer table service.

The government decided to enforce mask wearing back in July in a bid to stop a second spike of coronavirus.

Some people, such as people with breathing difficulties, disabled people and babies, are exempt from wearing face masks.

Research has suggested that wearing a cloth mask helps to protect you and the people around you.

If you cough or sneeze, a mask will prevent germs from reaching others, and if someone coughs or sneezes around you, a mask will offer some protection if used properly.

However, these are not medical-grade masks, so you still need to take other precautions such as staying socially distanced and washing your hands frequently.

The news that you will have to wear masks in shops prompted a huge increase in searches for face masks, particularly black reusable ones, online.

After the news broke on Monday, July 13, searches for "black face mask" leapt by 1,500% between 10pm and 11pm.

Here are some of the best options you can buy at the moment:

Asos Design face covering with pleating (three pack), Asos, £14 – buy now

This fabric design with pleats and elasticated straps is simple but effective.

The washable masks are designed for personal use only, and aren't medical grade, but pass the test for a face covering for use in supermarkets or on a bus, tube or train.

Standard delivery is £4, or free if you spend more than £35, so you will need to factor that into your cost.

Unisex reusable face mask, Amazon, £2.99 – buy now

Made from elastic fibres, this mask only comes in one size and promises to fit everyone.

The stretchy earloops allow for a snug fit, which the manufacturers say makes it comfortable to wear for an extended period of time.

It is washable, can be reused, and has recently been discounted from £5.99 to £2.99 making it one of the cheapest options available.

As well as the black fabric option, this mask is available in a huge range of patterns and colours.

Delivery is free and the Amazon listing says you should receive it within four days.

Reusable cotton face mask, Urban Outfitters, £10 – buy now

This 100 per cent cotton face mask has elasticated loops around the ears to make sure it fits snuggly over your face.

It is machine washable, and £1 from every mask sold will be donated to charity.

As well as black, the masks come in a range of colours.

Urban Outfitters currently has them in stock online and delivery costs £3.99 or is free for orders over £30, and takes five to seven days.

You can also check the stock in your nearest store if you would rather pick it up yourself.

Hype adult black signature face mask, Hype, £5.99 – buy now

Make your mask a fashion statement with this branded version from Hype.

The 100 per cent cotton mask comes in one size for adults and can be washed.

Standard shipping costs £2.49, or is free if you spend more than £60.


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Reusable cloth mask, Casetify, £12 – buy now

If you buy a mask from Casetify, the company also gives a mask away to a health worker.

Its masks are made with breathable cotton materials, washable, and fitted with a filter.

Each mask also comes with a spare filter, and you can buy extra filters from the company if you want to.

Delivery costs £4.99, so you will need to add that to the cost of the mask itself.

Black spandex reusable face mask, Natural Living, £4.85 – buy now

This mask is one size fits all thanks to its stretchy design – it is made from 80 per cent polyester and 20 per cent spandex.

It is washable and can be sterilised.

Orders cost £4.95 for delivery, but if you are spending more than £99 then delivery is free.

NEQI reusable face masks (three pack), Boots, £15 – buy now

These masks come in two different sizes, small to medium or large, depending on the size of your head.

They are made from three layers of breathable material and are washable and reusable.

You can order online and collect from a Boots store, which costs £1.50 or is free when you spend £20 or more.

Otherwise, standard delivery is £3.50 or free when you spend £30 or more.

Childrens Face Mask, TruClothing on Amazon, £4.99, buy now

Children heading back to school next month will have to wear face mask now.

There's thousands of options available online in loads of cool patterns and colours.

But if your kid wants a simple black mask, this Amazon option is worth a lock.

It's just £4.99 and comes with free delivery – so you'll be sorted for the start of term.

It's also available in a range of patterns too.

The seller says it is one size fits all children, and the mask can be adapted for tiny tots by twisting the ear loops before putting it on.

Some people, such as people with breathing difficulties, disabled people and babies, are exempt from wearing face masks.

The government has confirmed that you won't have to wear a face mask in bars and restaurants.

And here's how to make a face mask at home.

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