THE GOVERNMENT have advised people in England to wear a face covering in public.

As part of their roadmap on how lockdown measures could be eased, the government have said that people "should aim to wear a face-covering in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not always possible and they come into contact with others they do not normally meet".

This can include on public transport or in some shops.

However, they have urged the public not to use surgical masks or respirators, which "must continue to be reserved for those who need it". Instead, simple face coverings, made out of cloth, are best.

"Homemade cloth face-coverings can help reduce the risk of transmission in some circumstances," the document continued.

In an address to the House of Commons on Monday, Mr Johnson said the "roadmap" for lifting the lockdown would enable the country to "control" the disease if people continue to follow the rules.

You can see the full advice on the government's website here.

In response, Hartley Wintney fashion designer Dawn Clarke has shared her method of making a simple face covering.

Using patterns and templates from and, Dawn, who usually makes bespoke children's clothing, has videoed a step-by-step guide on how to make the coverings.

They are not medical grade and can be made using any cloth or material you may have around the house.

The government say that by covering your face, you can reduce the risk of spreading the virus to other people.

To start, you need two pieces of cloth, a sewing machine and a template from one of the above websites. A no-sew version is also available from the website.

You need to cut the fabric around the template and then sew the long side together, before pressing it.

You can see the full video here:

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