Does an employer have to provide face coverings for employees to use where these are required?

Yes, in workplaces where employees are required by law to wear a face covering, or where the employer's risk assessment concludes that they are necessary, the employer should provide face coverings for employees to use, free of charge.

The employer can allow employees to wear their own face coverings, as long as they safely cover the mouth and nose and are kept clean.

While face coverings are often referred to as face masks, it is important to distinguish between face coverings and the type of face masks that some employers are required to provide as personal protective equipment (PPE), for example in medical settings.