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Euro football clubs launch branded non-surgical face masks

Following a similar initiative from the NBA, several league clubs across Europe have also made non-medical face masks available via their club shops.

Euro football clubs launch branded non-surgical face masks

Face masks are set to be part and parcel in day-to-day life during the Covid-19 pandemic with many nations advising citizens to wear masks on public transport and in supermarkets as lockdown relaxation measures are eased in parts of Europe such as Austria, Germany and Denmark.

Last week, the NBA confirmed they would commence sales of branded non-medical face masks with profits going to Feeding America and Second Harvest Canada. European football clubs have been inspired by the idea with a series of clubs across the continent now selling branded non-medical masks via their respective online official club shops.

At present English side Wycombe Wanderers offer a harlequin version based on their home shirt with Austrian top flight Rapid Vienna offering three different styles. Hamburg based cult German side FC Sankt Pauli feature the iconic 'Totenkopf' with demand at Fortuna Düsseldorf being so high that the first run of F95 branded masks has sold out. All of the various clubs are donating elements of the sales of the masks to entities involved in the fight against the Covid-19 virus.

Update

49 clubs in Europe's big five leagues now have masks on sale.

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ECDC guidelines on the use of face masks:

The use of face masks in the community should be considered only as a complementary measure and not as a replacement for established preventive measures, for example physical distancing, respiratory etiquette, meticulous hand hygiene and avoiding touching the face, nose, eyes and mouth.