In line with the current health advice, further and higher education institutions may advise staff and students that the wearing of face coverings is recommended where it is difficult to practice social distancing, particularly in instances where very close contact cannot be avoided i.e. direct instruction requiring proximity of less than 1 metre. It should be noted that the wearing of face coverings is an additional measure to other public health guidelines which must also be followed such as hand washing, respiratory etiquette and physical distancing requirements (where possible) and is not a substitute for correct working practices. In addition, the health advice also acknowledges that face coverings are not be suitable for all individuals, for example those with breathing problems or with special needs. Where such a recommendation is made, information must be widely available, either in the form of information posters or specific training, to inform staff and students of appropriate guidelines in relation to the wearing of face coverings e.g. washing hands before putting a face covering on and after taking it off, avoiding touching the face covering while wearing it, correct removal and disposal etc. Advice from the Department of Health on the safe use of face coverings can be found here.