Face coverings are mandatory for most in shops and on public transport as UK officials work to control the coronavirus outbreak. From 8 August this will be expanded in England to include most enclosed public spaces, like cinemas and places of worship. Anyone with a “legitimate reason” not to wear a covering, like a physical or mental illness that impairs their ability to do so, is exempt from the legislation. For the majority of us, however, coverings will be part of our day-to-day life for the foreseeable future. To make them more comfortable, Allergy UK – which has seen a surge in asthma and hay fever patients calling its helpline – recommends practicing wearing one when at home for a short period of time. You could also experiment with different fabrics or ties to find one that suits you.