Rod Stewart, 75, takes extra precautions against COVID-19 as he wears TWO face masks for dinner with wife Penny Lancaster, 49, in Croatia

  • The rocker, 75, stepped out wearing a white medical face mask, which he wore with leopard print PPE as he walked with a Penny, 49, in Split
  • In Croatia the wearing of face masks has been made compulsory in closed public spaces amid a rise in COVID-19 cases
  • In the UK, it has been announced that customers will have to wear face masks in shops from July 24 
  • The wearing of face masks was made mandatory on public transport from June 15 
  • Face masks may soon have to be worn in all public places including offices and other workplaces 

He is on an idyllic family break in Croatia amid the global health crisis.

And Rod Stewart took extra precautions against coronavirus as he donned two face masks en-route to a family dinner in Split with wife Penny Lancaster on Tuesday.

The rocker, 75, stepped out wearing a white medical face mask, which he wore with leopard print PPE as he walked with a glamorous Penny, 49.

Good one Rod: Rod Stewart took extra precautions against coronavirus as he donned two face masks en-route to a family dinner in Split, Croatia with wife Penny Lancaster on Tuesday

The star looked typically stylish and summer-ready in a crisp white shirt, paired with a matching blazer and chinos.

The legendary singer paired this with a white satchel and a selection of gold chains over his bronzed chest.

Rod wore his blonde locks in his signature spiky style while accessorising with stylish shades. 

Penny matched Rod’s animal print vibe as she wowed in a plunging green zebra patterned summer dress, with her blonde tresses styled in tousled waves.

Handbags and face masks: The rocker, 75, stepped out wearing a white face mask, which he wore with leopard print PPE as he walked with a glamorous Penny, 49

Precautions: The star looked typically cool as he layered up on his PPE

The couple’s two sons Alastair, 14, and Aiden, nine, were also seen at the alfresco family dinner.   

In Croatia the wearing of face masks has been made compulsory in closed public spaces amid an increase in COVID-19 cases. 

In the UK, it has been announced  that customers will have to wear face masks in shops from July 24.  

Face masks may soon have to be worn in all public places including offices and other workplaces as the government prepares to unveil its road map for getting millions back to their desks. 

Rod and Penny’s yacht break may be a delayed anniversary trip for the loved-up couple, who celebrated 13 years married last month.

Busty: Penny matched Rod’s animal print vibe as she wowed in a plunging green zebra patterned summer dress, with her blonde tresses styled in tousled waves

Rock on: The star looked typically stylish and summer-ready in a crisp white shirt, paired with a matching blazer and chinos

Yacht life: The couple’s two sons Alastair, 14, and Aiden, nine, were also seen 

They celebrated their wedding anniversary and marked the occasion with a takeaway meal and a glass of wine in the back of their car.   

Earlier this year, Rod gushed that his wife Penny is ‘everything’ to him, as he reflected on their relationship. 

The singer looked back on their marriage in a candid interview with The Mirror, and admitted she helped him become a better person.

Of their two decades of marital bliss, he said: ‘I’m stunned that Penny has kept me around for 20 years.

‘They have not invented the words for how I feel about her. She is everything.’

Blending in: The famous family, including Rod’s son Liam Stewart, 25, blended in as they walked to dinner

Al fresco: The family sat down to enjoy a family meal at the restaurant

Like father, like son: Rod looked in good spirits as he chatted with son Alastair

Off we go: Rod smiled as the family made their way to the mainland from their yacht

Do face coverings help reduce coronavirus transmission? 

Initially many authorities, including the World Health Organisation (WHO), suggested face coverings were not effective in preventing the spread of Covid-19 but are now recommending wearing them in indoor spaces.

So, has the science evolved on face coverings?

A report recently published by the Royal Society suggests that even basic homemade face coverings can reduce transmission if enough people wear them.  

Dr Julian Tang, who is an associate professor of respiratory sciences at the University of Leicester, said wearing face coverings in public places could keep the R value below 1 by creating an ‘artificial herd immunity’. 

But Dr Simon Clarke, an associate professor of cellular microbiology at the University of Reading, said that while face coverings may reduce the spread of cough droplets, robust epidemiological evidence on their benefits is still lacking. 

Are there any benefits to wearing them?

Experts say the risk of coronavirus transmission appears to be higher in poorly ventilated indoor spaces and wearing face coverings in small shops or enclosed shopping centres could help reduce the spread. 

In addition, there is also increased evidence which suggests that many people with the virus who do not have symptoms can still be contagious.  

What does this mean for those looking to go back to the office?

Experts say wearing face coverings could provide an added line of defence amid growing evidence of airborne transmission of coronavirus. 

Dr Tang said: ‘If half the people in the office wear a mask, it would increase artificial herd immunity to around 25%, which can reduce transmission overall within the office, just by reducing the number of people who are susceptible.’

Are there downsides to face coverings?

There are many indoor spaces, such as pubs and restaurants, where the use of face coverings may not be possible. 

Some experts have also shared concerns that wearing face coverings may give the wearer a false sense of security, although Prof Neal said there is ‘no evidence to suggest that is the case’.

Are some face coverings better than others?

The WHO advises a three-layer face covering in the community – the outer layer should be water resistant, the inner should be water absorbent and the mid-layer acts as a filter. 

The Government has said coverings can be made from scarves, bandanas or other fabric items, as long as they cover the mouth and nose.

But scientists at the Leverhulme Centre say some coverings are not as effective as others, with loosely woven fabrics, such as scarves, shown to be the least effective.       

 He went on to say that she helped him understand the importance of a long and happy marriage, as he admitted: ‘It took me a while to learn, because I have been a scallywag in the past.’  

Rod explained that being with Penny made him learn ‘good manners’ which he also tries to instil on his children, while he feels he helped her gain ‘a lot of confidence’ during the course of their relationship.

Penny and Rod began dating in 1999 before marrying eight years later in the medieval monastery La Cervara in Portofino.

After their wedding on 16 June 2007, the couple enjoyed their honeymoon on the Lady Ann Magee yacht, which was moored in Portofino, and they share sons Alastair, 14, and Aiden, nine, together.

Cheers: The holiday may be a delayed anniversary trip for the loved-up couple, who celebrated 13 years married last month

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