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Chief Pharmacist Marc Donovan talks face coverings

05 August 2020
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Boots has been supplying face masks and surgical equipment to medical professionals since as early as the 1920s and 1930s. Fast forward 100 years, and customers have now been asked to wear a face covering when visiting shops in England.

This new guidance from the UK Government has meant Boots has seen a rise in sales of face coverings – alone has seen an increase of more than 650% since the announcement. 

We spoke to Marc Donovan, Boots UK Chief Pharmacist, to gather some tips and guidance when it comes to putting on a face covering. Marc says:

  • Wash your hands well, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water before putting on the face covering. Alternatively, clean your hands with hand sanitiser
  • Fit the covering so that it is placed comfortably, but securely, over your mouth and nose whilst still allowing you to breathe easily.
  • If you wear glasses, try placing them over the top edge of the face covering to help prevent them from steaming up
  • Avoid touching the front of the face covering whilst wearing it
  • Change the covering if it becomes damp or if you’ve touched it
  • Cleanse your hands again before removing and don’t touch the front whilst removing
  • Dispose of single use face masks in the household waste
  • Wash and dry reusable face coverings after each use, according to instructions
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser once removed



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Boots is the UK’s leading health and beauty retailer with over 52,000 team members and 2,100 stores, ranging from local community pharmacies to large destination health and beauty stores.*

Boots serves its customers and patients for life as the leading provider of healthcare on the high street and the UK’s number one beauty destination. It offers an unrivalled depth and breadth of products, which incorporates its extensive own brand range and innovative portfolio of brands, including No7, the UK’s No1 skincare brand, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle Beauty and Sleek MakeUP.

2024 marks Boots’ 175th anniversary year. Founder John Boot opened a herbalist store in Nottingham in 1849 to offer an affordable alternative to traditional medicines. His son Jesse expanded the business to become a modern retailer and the biggest chemist in Britain. Throughout its history, Boots has listened, learned and innovated, and it continues to challenge itself to improve its products and services every day.

Boots is part of Walgreens Boots Alliance, which is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail.  More company information is available on

*Figures accurate as of 30 November 2023