People wearing face masks outside during the coronavirus pandemic in the UK 2020

As of June 7, it was found that over 57 percent of survey respondents in the United Kingdom had not been wearing a face mask outside to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus (COVID-19), although the share who are not wearing a face mask has declined since the end of March. In the first survey wave around eight percent of respondents were always wearing a face mask outside, by the latest survey wave this had increased to over 17 percent. From June 15, the wearing of face masks on public transport will be compulsory in England, although this has not yet been made compulsory in other parts of the UK. Compared to the UK, some other European countries introduced the wearing of face masks earlier into the pandemic.

The latest number of cases in the UK can be found here. For further information about the coronavirus pandemic, please visit our dedicated Facts and Figures page.

How often have you worn a face mask outside your home to protect yourself or others from coronavirus (COVID-19)?

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Release date

June 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

March 30 to June 7, 2020

Number of respondents

Approx 1,000

Special properties

UK Adults

Method of interview

Online survey

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