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Face Coverings Required in Public

Face coverings help prevent people who may have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others.  Wearing your covering will protect those around you and theirs will protect you.  Wearing a mask is required state-wide in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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CDPH Guidance for use of Face Coverings


WHAT IS A MASK?

A cloth face covering that covers the nose and mouth.  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.  Leave the surgical masks and N95 masks for the medical professionals.

WHO NEEDS A MASK?

  • Anyone going outside their home.
  • Workers in customer-facing industries.
  • Workers in offices, factories, or any group setting.
  • Doctors, nurses, and health care professionals.
  • Workers as dictated by CDPH industry guidance.

WHO SHOULDN'T WEAR A MASK?

  • Children under 2 years old.
  • Anyone with respiratory issues where it would impede breathing.
  • Anyone unable to remove the mask without help.
  • Anyone with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that does not allow them to wear a mask.

WHEN SHOULD YOU WEAR A MASK?

Whenever you'll be around someone you don't live with, including:

  • In any indoor public space.
  • When waiting in line.
  • When getting health care.
  • On public transportation or when ride-sharing.
  • At work, when near others or moving through common areas.
  • Outdoors, if you can't stay 6 feet away from others.

WHEN CAN YOU TAKE YOUR MASK OFF?

  • When eating or drinking.
  • If a hearing-impaired person needs to read your lips.
  • If wearing a face covering imposes a risk to you at work- example, if it could get caught in machinery.
  • When you're not sharing a common area, room, or encloses space with others.
  • When you are getting a service to the nose or face.
  • When outdoors in public and can stay 6 feet from others.

HELPFUL TIPS

  • Wear a clean mask every time you go out. Wash in the laundry or by hand between uses.
  • Avoid wearing your mask under your nose or just on your chin.  A mask is only effective if it covers both ways you breathe.
  • Don't touch the front of your mask.  Adjusting your mask contaminates the surface and lets germs in.
  • Put your mask on before leaving home and keep it on until you get back.


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