Face Masks/Coverings

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Masks or face coverings should be worn in indoor public spaces and anytime in public when you are near others who are not in your immediate household. Wearing a mask is about protecting others. When you wear a mask, you protect others, and when others wear a mask they protect you. It’s just like holding a door open for someone: It's being kind and courteous. So continue to practice social distancing and MASK UP.

N95 masks are for healthcare workers only. While in public, you should use a mask, scarf or other face covering.

When to wear a mask/face covering

  • While in public, you should use a mask, scarf or other face covering. This includes indoor spaces and outdoor spaces when you are near others who are not in your immediate household.
  • Those with breathing challenges or those under the age of two should not wear a mask.

Why wear a mask/face covering

  • To protect others: When you wear a mask you protect others by preventing the spread of your own germs.
  • Unknown COVID-19 status: You may have COVID-19 or have been exposed to the virus without showing symptoms.
  • Protect the community: More people wearing masks results in better protection for everyone.

How to wear a mask/face covering

  • Masks/face coverings should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Masks/face coverings should be secured with ties or ear loops
  • Masks/face coverings should include multiple layers of fabric
  • Masks/face coverings should allow for breathing without restriction
  • Masks/face coverings made of cloth should be washed and machine dried without damage or change to shape
  • Wash your hands before putting on or taking off a mask/face covering
  • Cover both your nose and mouth with your mask/face covering
  • Try to avoid a lot of touching/adjusting your mask/face covering
  • Completely remove your mask/face covering while eating
  • Cloth masks or face coverings should be washed and dried after each use. When your cloth mask is not in use, fold it with the side that goes toward your mouth folded to the inside. Store the mask/face covering in a resealable bag or other clean storage container.
  • Disposable masks are acceptable but should be thrown away after one use.

How to make a mask or face covering

  • Homemade face coverings are acceptable.
  • You can make a mask/face covering out of a scarf or t-shirt.

Gloves are not recommended

  • Gloves are not recommended (If you had to wear gloves before because of your job then you should continue doing so.)
  • Gloves can cause more harm than good and can give you a false sense of security
  • Gloves are an additional layer the virus can stick to, and you run the risk of cross contamination

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