Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Guidance on community face mask use

The Infection Prevention and Control Expert Group has developed this guidance for community on face mask use in the context of COVID-19.


Guidance on community face mask use

We aim to provide documents in an accessible format. If you're having problems using a document with your accessibility tools, please contact us for help.

Publication date:
Date last updated:
Publication type:
Fact sheet
General public

This guidance was developed by ICEG and provides guidance for the community on the use of face masks and respirators in the context of COVID-19, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its variants.

ICEG has reviewed current evidence regarding the greater transmissibility of Omicron compared with earlier COVID-19 variants including Delta. ICEG considers that the same principles of protection that apply to COVID-19 and its other variants of concern continue to apply in the context of Omicron.

This guidance has superseded the fact sheets ‘ICEG statement on community use of masks in the context of Omicron’ and ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19) Are cloth face masks likely to provide protection against COVID-19?’.

Help us improve

If you would like a response please use the enquiries form instead.