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A cloth face covering is 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 or linen. A cloth face covering may be factory-made or sewn by hand.
Evidence suggests that use of cloth face coverings by the public during a pandemic could help reduce disease transmission. The primary role of a face covering is to reduce the release of infectious particles into the air when someone speaks, coughs, or sneezes.
Wash your cloth face covering frequently, ideally after each use, or at least daily. Keep cloth face coverings in a separate paper bag or bin until they can be laundered with detergent and hot water and dried on a hot cycle. If you must re-wear your cloth face covering before washing, wash your hands immediately after putting it back on and avoid touching your face.
Discard cloth face coverings that:
Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer each time you put on and remove the covering. Hands should also be washed after removing the face covering. People should avoid touching their faces and the face coverings while wearing them.
Do not put a used face covering in places where others can touch them or where germs trapped in your face covering can touch other surfaces, such as counter tops or your kitchen table.
Do not throw your face covering loose into a bag or backpack. Store your face covering in a paper bag if you will be taking if off when outside the house.
If you use a paper face covering that is not for health care workers, it is recommended that you use a new one every day. Used paper face coverings should be thrown out at the end of the day.
If an individual is asked to wear a face covering in a business and expresses that they fall within the exemptions, they are taken at their word and allowed to patronize the business.
You are required to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the time you’re in an indoor setting open to the public with people you don’t live with. We strongly recommend wearing a face covering when you’re in an outdoor setting where you’re unable to maintain six feet of distance from people you don’t live with. Remember, with any gathering, physical distancing is required.
It applies if they are open to the public. When people/household groups can maintain 6 feet of separation, face coverings are not required.
If the staff of the business and the customer can maintain 6 feet of distancing at all times, they would not need face coverings.
If people are having a wedding inside, they need to wear facial coverings if they can’t maintain 6-foot social distancing. If they stay in family units and stay 6 feet apart, no covering would be required.
Yes, you are required to wear a face covering when riding on public transportation. Taxi cabs and ride sharing operators can require you to wear a face covering.
No. The mask ordinance exempts dwelling units (homes). We strongly recommend wearing one if you’re gathering outside and are unable to maintain six feet of distance from people you don’t live with. Remember, with any gathering, physical distancing is required.
No, you do not need to wear a face covering outside. However, it’s a good idea to keep one with you in case you need it, like if your dog’s leash gets tangled up with another dog, you run into a chatty neighbor, or you decide to stop into a business.
The mask ordinance says that masks with a valve (as well as mesh masks or masks with openings, holes, visible gaps in the design or material, or vents) are NOT sufficient face coverings because they allow exhaled droplets to be released into the air.
No, a space must be completely open on all sides to be outdoors. Opening windows does not create an outdoor space.
Yes, when you are going into and out of the gym. However, you may remove your face covering when you are engaged in exercise.
No. A face covering should be used as you are coming to and going from the pool.
The mask ordinance requires face coverings be worn in premises open to the public, which would include common areas of an apartment building. If six feet of separation can be maintained, then a mask is not required.
Individuals who are alone in an office, room, vehicle, or other enclosed work area do not have to wear a mask. In a cubicle, a mask is not required so long as six feet of separation can be maintained at all time. It is recommended that people have a mask easily available to put on when they leave their office or cubicle or if someone comes to talk with them.
You can remove your face covering while eating and drinking. You should wear it when waiting for your food or in transit inside a restaurant.
A face covering is not required but recommended.
No. Physical distancing must be maintained.
Nothing. Some people have conditions or circumstances that would make wearing a cloth face covering difficult or dangerous. Just wear your face covering and stay six feet away.