Masks and Face Coverings

Face coverings are just one tool in our COVID-19 prevention toolkit.

Combined with other tools like staying home, hand washing, and physical distancing, they may help slow the spread of COVID-19.

NOTE: face coverings are required in a personal care service setting, such as a hair salon. Click here for more information

How to choose a face covering:

How to wear a face covering:

  • Wash your hands before touching your face covering.
  • Use the ear loops or ties to put your face covering on.
  • The face covering needs to fit snugly around your face, without any gaps, while still allowing you to breath without restriction.
  • Make sure that it covers your nose and mouth at all times.

How to remove your face covering:

  • Wash your hands before removing your face covering.
  • Use the ear loops or ties to remove the face covering. Do not touch the front of the covering, and do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth when removing it.
  • Is it wet or visibly dirty? Wash it or throw away. Cloth face coverings need to be washed regularly.
  • Store your face covering inside something clean, like a paper bag or Ziploc bag. Your purse or pocket doesn’t cut it.
  • Wash your hands again!

If you choose to wear a face covering when you go out, don’t let it give you a false sense of security! You still need to stay home as much as possible. And if you do have to go out, follow physical distancing guidelines and wash your hands often with soap and water.

CDC’s cloth face covering FAQs

Face coverings and kids

Here are a few resources for tips on getting kids to wear face coverings.

NOTE: Face coverings are not recommended for children under the age of 2.

Photo shows Grace Spilker, a 13 year old girl at a table with a sewing machine and several fabric face coverings

Cloth face coverings can be effective prevention against COVID-19—if used effectively.

Click here to read more about 13-year-old Grace Spilker sewing cloth face coverings for her community