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In the current situation of mandatory face coverings, it’s been a while since we’ve seen a random smile on anybody except our nearest and dearest if we live with them. To not see somebody’s whole face and expression can be disconcerting for many people.

In response to our recent newsletter article on ‘Wearing Masks with Heart’, we asked for any suggestions about sources of see through face masks, as a way of reducing potential discomfort in people. So far, we have identified three options. It is important to note that, as far as we know, none of these coverings are making any therapeutic claims about their filtration abilities, and it would be important to check their suitability to your context and infection control protocols.

Clear Shield

A lightweight and ventilated, see-through plastic mask, which is BPA-free. Currently US$39 per mask, although there are, currently, generous discounts for ordering multiple items. Find it at Clear Shield.

The Clear Mask

This is a plastic, transparent face mask. Produced in the US, it is available to ship to Australia via a distributor called Oaktree Products. They come in a box of 24 and cost US$67.


Costumes without Drama

This is a cloth mask with a plastic window showing the mouth. Handmade in Australia by a costume designer and maker, Tracey Nuthall. They cost between $25-$30 each.

Full face shield

This is plastic, face-screen, which is also hand-made to order in Australia by Ford Millinery. They cost $249.50 for a pack of 10, or $499 for a pack of 20.