Following the most recent advice from Scottish Government (Nicola Sturgeon on 30th of April) about using face coverings in public places, and after seeing other European countries take the same approach I started making face masks.

Countries that are officially recommending mask use include China, Japan, France, India, South Korea, Canada, Germany, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Spain, Indonesia, Israel, Singapore, South Africa, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Austria, Bosnia, Mongolia, Taiwan, Colombia, Philippines, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Cuba, Turkey, Chile, Zambia, Poland, Rwanda, Luxembourg, Panama, Malaysia, Poland, Ecuador, Singapore, Morocco, Kenya, Venezuela, Rwanda, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Guinea, Honduras, Hong Kong, Bulgaria, Benin, Cyprus.

I want to emphasise that this is NOT a substitute for social distancing – the best thing you can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to stay at home – but this is a useful measure to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

I have added some useful links below that cover research into fabric face masks and why they are recommended to the public.

I am making all of the masks with two layers of 100% cotton fabric, they are adjustable with a nose piece to make them more fitted to your face, and they have adjustable ear elastic that you can make tighter to get them to fit more snug.

The fabric used for the layer closest to your face is Oeko – Tex Standard 100. You can read all about it here.

I get that wearing face masks might feel daunting, especially as they do over your face so I did want to make them a little more fun and interesting, a little more fashion if you will!

As you will know, bridal industry is currently at standstill, and a lot of my brides had to move and postpone their weddings. This new venture and diversifying comes not only from the want to protect people but also from the need to keep my small business afloat so all of the purchases mean a lot to me.

You can check out my face masks on my online store here. Each purchase means a lot to me and my business!

Stay Safe! Mirka x

REFERENCES AND RESEARCH

The Royal Society DELVE Initiative: Face Masks for the General Public

https://rs-delve.github.io/reports/2020/05/04/face-masks-for-the-general- public.html

CDC: Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth- face-coverings.html

Greenhalgh et al. (2020) Face Masks for the Public During the COVID-19 Crisis

https://www.bmj.com/content/bmj/369/bmj.m1435.full.pdf

Masks – FAQ for Skeptics

https://www.fast.ai/2020/04/20/skeptics-masks/#if-its-spread-through-the-air- can-a-cloth-mask-really-stop-it-isnt-the-virus-too-small

Masks4all Campaign

https://masks4all