Wear a face covering to protect your community

Be a Barnsley Superstar by wearing a face covering to protect your community 

Be a Barnsley Superstar and wear a face covering in enclosed public spaces, unless there's a reason you can't wear one. 

Wearing a face covering will reduce the risk of you spreading the virus if you're infected and are not yet displaying any symptoms. You must continue to follow social distancing guidance and continue to wash your hands regularly. A face covering does not replace this. 

Many recipients of our face coverings expressed that they would like to make a contribution after receiving one free of charge. We're asking those people to make a donation to Barnsley Hospital instead as a thank you for the fantastic work they've done to keep Barnsley safe and well.

Face covering updates

Where can I collect face coverings?

You can collect a face covering from the following locations:




Friday 24 July

10am to 3pm

Wombwell (Library car park, Station Road, Wombwell, Barnsley S73 0BA)  

Mobile Testing Unit

Friday 24 July 

10am to 12pm

Town Centre (Market entrance, May Day Green) 

Tuesday 28 July

10am to 12pm

Goldthorpe (Library entrance, Barnsley Road, S63 9NE) 

Wednesday 29 July

10am to 12pm

Town Centre (Market entrance, May Day Green) 

Thursday 30 July

10am to 12pm

Penistone (Market Barn entrance, Tesco side, Market Lane, S36 6TS) 

Friday 31 July

10am to 12pm

Wombwell (outside Wilkinson’s, High Street, S73 8AA) 

Friday 31 July

1pm to 3pm

Town Centre (Market entrance, May Day Green)

Government face covering guidance

Correct as of Friday 7 August

Under the new regulations, members of the public will need to wear face coverings, for example, a fabric covering, scarf or bandana – that covers the nose and mouth in additional enclosed public spaces from the Friday 24 July.

Face coverings will not be mandatory for:

  • anyone under the age of 11,
  • those with disabilities or certain health conditions, such as respiratory or cognitive impairments that make it difficult for them to wear a face covering.

It will be compulsory to wear a face covering when buying food and drink to take away from cafes and shops. If a member of the public is in a premises where they are able to sit down and consume food or drink that they have bought, then they can remove their face covering in order to eat and drink on-site.

UK Government have updated the guidance on face coverings to reflect the latest changes on when they should be worn. As well as shops and supermarkets, from Saturday 8 August, the list of places where members of the public will have to wear a face covering will be expanded to include:

  • funeral directors
  • premises providin professional, legal or financial services
  • cinemas
  • theatres
  • bingo halls
  • concert halls
  • museums, galleries, aquariums, indoor zoos or visitor farms, or other indoor tourist, heritage or cultural sites
  • nail, beauty, hair salons and barbers - other than where necessary to remove for treatments
  • massage parlours
  • public areas in hotels and hostels
  • places of worship
  • libraries and public reading rooms
  • community centres
  • social clubs
  • tattoo and piercing parlours
  • indoor entertainment venues (amusement arcades, funfairs, adventure activities e.g. laser quest, go-karting, escape rooms, heritage sites etc.)
  • storage and distribution facilities
  • veterinary services
  • auction houses
The public are also strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in other enclosed public spaces where social distancing may be difficult and where they may come into contact with people they do not normally meet. 
Face coverings are not required in restaurants with table service, bars and pubs.

Find out more about the Government’s latest face covering information and guidance.

Make your own at home without a sewing machine 

Did you know that you can make a reusable cotton face covering at home using an old t-shirt or material and hair ties? We worked with local artist, Gemma Nemer from The Way Station studio at Elsecar to create tutorials on how people can stand out from the crowd with their very own homemade face coverings.  

Watch our tutorials to find out how quick and easy you can make face coverings.

Watch our video on how to make a face covering with hair ties.

How to wear a face covering

Read the Health and Safety Executive guidance on wearing face coverings.

A face covering should:

  • cover your nose and mouth while allowing you to breathe comfortably
  • fit comfortably but securely against the side of the face
  • be secured to the head with ties or ear loops
  • be made of a material that you find to be comfortable and breathable, such as cotton
  • ideally include at least two layers of fabric (the World Health Organisation recommends three depending on the fabric used)
  • unless disposable, it should be able to be washed with other items of laundry according to fabric washing instructions and dried without causing the face covering to be damaged

When wearing a face covering you should:

  • wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before putting a face covering on
  • avoid wearing on your neck or forehead
  • avoid touching the part of the face covering in contact with your mouth and nose, as it could be contaminated with the virus
  • change the face covering if it becomes damp or if you’ve touched it

When removing a face covering you should:

  • wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before removing
  • only handle the straps, ties or clips
  • do not share with someone else to use
  • if single-use, dispose of it carefully in a residual waste bin and do not recycle
  • if reusable, wash it in line with manufacturer’s instructions at the highest temperature appropriate for the fabric
  • wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser once removed

Our superstar volunteers 

As well as the face coverings that will be given out in public spaces, the council and Barnsley CVS have set up and are supporting the Barnsley Superstar sewing group. The team of volunteers have been creating face coverings for communities.

So far, 102 people have received material packs, which have been used to make 6,790 face coverings totalling around 1,478 volunteer hours. The face coverings have been shared with residents, businesses, schools and health care and housing providers.

Our procured face coverings 

We’ve initially invested in 25,000 face coverings to kick-start the campaign and make them readily available for services and residents.  

The face coverings will be provided free of charge and will be distributed: 

  • at the crematorium for those attending funerals without face coverings 
  • through our 0-19 service as part of young person engagement 
  • in public buildings for visitors 
  • through community and voluntary organisations to target vulnerable groups  
  • targeted at night-time economy so people can use public transport safely 
  • in Barnsley town centre and Principal Towns 
  • to council staff 

Cllr Sir Steve Houghton CBE, Leader of Barnsley Council and Chair of the Barnsley Outbreak Control Engagement Board, said: "Keeping our communities safe is our top priority. We're giving people a face covering so they have one to hand and can wear it in enclosed public spaces and on public transport.    

“Wearing a face covering will reduce the risk of people spreading the virus if they're infected and are not yet displaying any symptoms. It also really demonstrates our borough's Barnsley spirit. When I see someone wearing a face covering on public transport, when visiting our high streets, the markets or when they begin to use our services and healthcare settings, it's a visual representation of our solidarity to protect our communities.  

“We'll not be complacent in our approach, and we all have a role in helping to reduce the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the borough. We ask residents to do all they can to protect themselves, their families and their communities by adhering to social distancing measures, washing their hands, wearing a face covering and getting a test and self-isolating if they have symptoms.” 

Washing instructions for our procured face coverings

It is important to read our washing instructions for our procured face coverings.

Read our face covering washing instructions.

Face covering gallery