Using Cloth Face Coverings (Masks)

The practice of everyone wearing a face covering in public may help slow the spread of COVID-19 by people who may have the virus but do not know it.

Understand the Role of Face Coverings 

A face covering is intended to reduce spread of droplets from the wearer’s nose or mouth. The face covering does not provide respiratory protection for the wearer. 

You MUST still maintain a distance of at least 6 feet (about 2 arms' length) from other individuals, as much as possible.

avoid the spread of droplets & keep at least 6 ft distance

How to Select and Wear Your Face Covering

For the best protection, it's important to wear your face covering correctly and consistently. The CDC provides more information on face covering types and their use in special situations.

Use two or more layers

Wear a face covering with two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric.

Use two or more layers for mask

Cover nose and mouth

Wear your face covering to completely cover over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.

Cover nose and mouth with face covering

Fit snugly with no gaps

Wear a face covering that fits snugly against the sides of your face and don't have gaps.

Face coverings must fit snugly by no gaps

Special situation: glasses

If you wear glasses, find a face covering that fits closely over your nose or one that has a nose wire to limit fogging.

Wearing glasses with a mask

Quick tip to check your face covering's protection: Fabric layers may be more effective than the style. Hold a facial/bathroom tissue out in front of you while wearing your face covering—an arms length away from your face—and blow air as if blowing out a candle. Fabric that allows air to be blown easily through the front may not be as effective at preventing community transmission of COVID-19.