You can now buy face masks from vending machines – but they cost up to £8


YOU can now buy face masks from vending machines – but you’ll have to fork out up to £8 for one.

The machines are run by a start-up to give shoppers access to the PPE while on the go.

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New rules that came into force on Monday require Brits to wear face masks on public transport to reduce the risk of spreading the deadly coronavirus or risk being slapped with a fine.

Each machine holds 430 reusable and machine washable face masks but you’ll have to splash out a small fortune if you want one.

The smaller “mini masks” for children cost £6, while the larger “max masks” for adults will set you back a steep £8.

That’s more than double the price for a reusable mask from Aldi, which is selling a pack of two for a fiver making each one £2.50.

Many fashion retailers are also selling their own versions for less, with ones at BooHoo costing just £3 – although you’ll need to add in the £4.99 delivery fee, and prices starting from £3.50 from local independent businesses.

But the Vendamasks are cheaper than those stocked at shops such as Asos where they are more expensive, with prices starting at £12 plus a £4 standard delivery fee, or a whopping £22 at Next.

Maskey – brand behind Vendamasks – also sells masks via its website where they start at £7 for adults and children depending on the design.

The company says the price is down to the fact the masks are made in London instead of being imported and are then steamed to sanitise them before being packaged.

If you use once of its vending machines, you’ll see it’s kitted out with a built-in card reader so customers can pay with card or contactless – it won’t accept cash.

They’re also managed remotely so the owners will be alerted when stock runs low and needs a top-up.

The machines are put up for free in stores, with the retailer taking a cut of the profit of every mask sold.

Maskey adds that 10 per cent of the profit from each sale is donated to charity Lenderhand, which supports families who are unable to afford essential goods.

Ten machines – dubbed Vendamasks – have already been put up around the UK, mainly in commuter towns near London.

Another 20 machines are set to be rolled out over the next week, and Maskey hopes to have 50 up and running by the end of July.

If you need to get your hands on a face mask, we’ve put together a round up of where to buy the best reusable ones.

We’ve also got a guide to making your own mask at home.

Some experts claim that if all Brits wore faces masks then the UK could “return to normal” because they slash the risk of catching coronavirus.


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