Face Masks

If you need to leave your home, please wear a face mask.


Your face mask protects people around you, and their face mask protects you. 


COVID-19 is spread through the air on tiny droplets that leave your mouth and nose when you talk, cough, sneeze, or sing. Wearing a face mask keeps these droplets from traveling far and infecting other people.

Your face mask should: 

  • cover both your nose and mouth  

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of your face

  • be secured with ties or ear loops

  • include multiple layers of fabric

  • allow you to breathe easily

  • be washable in hot water in a washing machine 


The CDC offers instructions for making face coverings:

Even if you don't feel sick, you may spread COVID-19 on to someone else through tiny droplets from your nose and mouth. Please wear a face mask to protect your family and our community.

CDC explains:

  • how to put on your face mask,

  • how it should fit on your face, and

  • how to take it off correctly.

You should wash your face mask each time you use it. You can clean it easily in your washing machine with your other laundry. Your can also hand wash it using bleach water.

Doctors say children older than 2 years old should wear a face mask when they have to leave their home and go somewhere where they won't be able to stay 6 feet away from others.

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