You may have seen recent reports saying that to travel on Public Transport or visit Public Buildings it is advisable to wear a facemask during the Coronavirus Pandemic. In May 2020 Bograts Explorers made their own facemasks. Most facemasks hide your mouth; no one can see your expressions or your lips moving. This becomes really important:
- In a group, so you can see who’s taking
- To judge a person’s body language – are they smiling or looking stern?
- Or if the person you are taking with needs to lip read to fully understand what you are saying.
Luckily, our Explorer Scout Leaders have found a solution to this problem and set about encouraging our members to replicate this excellent example, modelled by Quentin:
To make your own mask with a clear cutout section over your mouth, you will need:
- Two bits of cotton material 16.5cm x 30cm – the wackier the better!
- A bit of clear plastic, like a document wallet
- Needle & Thread or Sewing machine
- Print out of this pattern (its the length of a sheet of A4)
- Watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2_fzooIKNU
Please note the masks will provide you with some limited protection from Covid 19, but they are not infallible. The mask is mainly to protect other people from you!