With masks now mandatory in many enclosed spaces across the UK, people are starting to wear them as fashion accessories, as well as life-savers.
And it hasn't taken the London transport-loving contingent long to start fashioning their own moquette-themed masks.
Londonist favourite Tim Dunn — a man who knows a thing or two about trains — has recently been sharing his homemade designs on Twitter. Dunn's job involves spending a lot of time on public transport, and he's even made a short video on the importance of wearing face coverings, for the Department of Transport.
On the Londonist Roundel Ramblings Facebook page, meanwhile, others have been talking moquette masks since June. Here's an effort from Craig Rowley earlier in the year, which looks like it's been fashioned out of actual moquette (hope it's not too itchy, Craig):
Looking to make your own moquette mask? London Transport Museum does sell moquette fabric by the metre — although it's heavy duty stuff, and doesn't make for the ideal face covering.
🚆 @MrTimDunn historian, writer and TV presenter, uses the railway for work a lot!— Dept for Transport (@transportgovuk) July 20, 2020
Like Tim, make sure you’re wearing a face covering when travelling on public transport (exemptions apply). 😷
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The way Tim Dunn made his was to upload designs onto a website that lets you make personalised masks. Otherwise, you can find ready-made moquette masks on places like eBay (just shop around for the best price).