Around 1,000 masks were made and distributed to people in Assynt, during the early stages of the 2020 lockdown.
This was one of the activities managed by the Assynt Resilience Group. It provided face masks for all Assynt residents, in advance of the legal requirement to wear them in shops and on public transport, based on the consensus from the evidence that wearing face masks in enclosed spaces such as shops and on public transport helps to reduce the spread of Coronavirus.
To provide face masks to all Assynt residents it was decided to ask local craft makers to make washable cotton face masks. We worked with around 14 local craft makers, some of whom donated their time, while much of the material was also donated. The cost of buying material and making an Assynt face mask was worked out at around £4 a mask.
Advice on wearing washable cotton face masks is available on YouTube: