Face coverings are an additional tool that individuals should use to help slow the spread of COVID-19 but does not replace other social distancing requirements. Those instructed not to wear a cloth face covering or mask by a medical provider should provide written documentation. 

What is a mask or face covering?

A material that covers the nose and mouth. A cloth face covering may be factory-made or sewn by hand or can be made from household items such as scarfs, T-shirts or sweatshirts. The face covering must be fully cover the mouth and nose, and the covering must fit snugly against the sides of the face with no gaps.

Acceptable, reusable face covering options include:

     Neck gaiter
     Tightly woven fabric, such as cotton t-shirts
     Self-provided facemasks shall not be a distraction to the environment (images, styles, etc.)
     No face coverings/masks will be permitted that display profanity, suggestive phrases, or advertisements for, or messages or pictures depicting or suggesting alcohol,                                  tobacco, drugs, or sex.
     Face coverings/masks must not be obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, indecent, or offensive.

Why wear a mask or face covering?

Individuals can be contagious before the onset of symptoms. You may be contagious and do not know it. If you have covered your nose and mouth, it can limit the spread of COVID-19.

We touch our face less when our face is covered. Touching your face after touching something contaminated with COVID-19 increases your chances of getting sick with COVID-19.

How do I care for my cloth mask/face covering?

It’s a good idea to wash your cloth face covering frequently, at least daily. Store cloth face coverings in a paper bag until they can be washed with detergent in hot water and dried on a hot cycle.

Discard cloth face coverings that:

     No longer cover the nose and mouth
     Have stretched out or damaged ties or straps
     Cannot stay on the face
     Have holes or tears in the fabric

When should I wear a cloth face covering?

You are asked to wear a mask/face covering over your nose and mouth when others are nearby. If you can maintain a distance of 6 feet from another person, you do not need to wear a mask/face covering. Wearing a mask does not eliminate the need to socially distance yourself from others and wash your hands frequently.