The key advice from health professionals and governments to help prevent the spread of coronavirus is – wash your hands regularly.
However it’s not always that easy to stop and wash your hands when you’re out and about.
And with hand sanitiser either completely sold out, or running very low, in most stores at the moment, some people may find themselves in a bit of difficulty.
But one UK chain is doing its bit to tackle the virus with free hand-washing, reports Hull Live.
Cosmetics giant Lush, which has stores in Broadmead and The Mall Cribbs Causeway, are inviting the public into stores across the UK to wash their hands for free.
The firm is using its shop windows to promote the hand-washing guidelines as advised by the NHS in the UK and other public health organisations around the world.
A Lush spokeswoman explained: “We know there are practicalities to being able to wash hands when out and about.
“We thought that offering our shops gives somewhere for the public to do this without having to seek out public toilets (a diminishing resource these days).”
They add: “Over the years we have consistently promoted hand-washing with bar soap, both because we believe that it is better for the environment than liquid handwash in unrecyclable plastic pumps and also because it is a tried and tested route to the best hygiene.
“The winter months are always a time when hand hygiene matters because coughs and colds pass around, but the current situation with the spread of the new coronavirus means that it is more important than ever that people regularly wash their hands and observe best practice.
“It is also important that people understand the full, effective routine of washing as advised by the health authorities to maximise the removal of germs.
“At the moment it is up to all of us to do what we can to prevent the spread of illness. The advice from authorities is to wash hands regularly, particularly before eating and to avoid touching your face.
“There will be no requirement to purchase anything – our soap, our sinks and our shops will be available for anyone to use as a free service.”