Wear a cloth face covering in public settings where other physical distancing of at least 6 feet is difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies).
The use of simple cloth face coverings is intended to help slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.
Wearing a face covering in public does NOT minimize the need to practice physical distancing and handwashing. These will still be our greatest tools for helping slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
Face Covering FAQs
What is a cloth face covering?A cloth face covering is a material that covers the nose and mouth. It can be secured to the head with ties or straps or simply wrapped around the lower face. It can be made of a variety of materials, such as cotton, silk, or linen. A cloth face covering may be factory-made or sewn by hand or can be improvised from household items such as scarfs, T-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels.
Why wear a face cover? Recent information has indicated that covering your nose and mouth can slow the spread of COVID-19 because:
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 well do cloth face coverings work to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
There is limited evidence to suggest that the use of cloth face coverings by the public during a pandemic could help reduce disease transmission.
Their primary role is to reduce the release of infectious particles into the air when someone speaks, coughs, or sneezes, including someone who has COVID-19 but feels well.
Cloth face coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing and washing hands and staying home when ill, but they may be helpful when combined with these primary interventions.
If you plan to use a face covering it is important to keep your nose and mouth covered. Lowering the covering from your nose and mouth while talking defeats the purpose of wearing the face covering since you can spread virus while you talk.
This novel coronavirus is new and we are learning more every day. So it’s in the best interest of our community to do all that we can to protect one another.
When should I wear a cloth face covering?
You are asked to wear a cloth face covering over your nose and mouth when you must be in public and there are others nearby.
If you are in a solitary area you do not need to wear a face covering.
Wearing a cloth face covering does not eliminate the need to physically distance yourself from others and to wash your hands frequently.
Do children need to use cloth face coverings as well?
Children under the age of 2 (including infants) should not wear cloth face coverings. Those between the ages of 2 and 8 should use them but under adult supervision to ensure that the child can breathe safely and avoid choking or suffocation. Children with breathing problems should not wear a face covering.