Face Masks for Beards in Pipeline

YERUSHALAYIM (Reuters) -

Israelis who have beards for will get the option of custom-made face masks to protect them from the coronavirus rather than being told to shave, a government official said on Monday.

As part of measures to combat the epidemic, Israeli authorities last week told people to cover their mouths and noses in public. Many of the country’s Jews and Muslims, and some Christian clergymen, wear beards, and the order raised questions as to how facial hair would be accommodated.

Health Ministry deputy director-general Itamar Grotto said masks would be adapted accordingly.

“We are creating an industrial certification for masks, which means that in a few days there will really be masks of different sizes,” he told Army Radio, so that “those with beards will be able to use the appropriate masks.”