Facial Covering Emergency Order

As of May 6, 2020 all individuals are required to wear a facial coverings over their nose and mouth when in public spaces and social distancing cannot be strictly observed.

  • Children under the age of 2 and individuals with certain medical conditions are exempt from this emergency order. It is up to the parent or guardians discretion whether children under the age of 5 should cover their nose and mouth.

Please reserve all medical grade and N95 masks for medical professionals and first responders. Options for facial coverings include: home sown masks, t-shirts, bandanas, scarf, etc. If you are interested in creating your own mask, utilize this CDC guidance on mask creation.

Facial coverings are always required in the following locations: 

  • Grocery stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Retail stores
  • When utilizing public transit
  • When utilizing any form of ride share (livery, taxi, uber, etc.)
  • When at enclosed or semi-enclosed transit waiting areas

When should you wear a facial covering?

  • In the required locations listed above
  • When walking, running, or biking near other people, such as when walking in the woods and you will pass other people on the trail or when biking and you will ride by other people on the street
  • When social distancing of 6 feet cannot be strictly observed

Why should you wear a facial covering?

  • Wearing a face covering protects both you and others around you from spreading body fluids such as saliva, that can cause transmission of COVID. Not all individuals infected with COVID-19 will show symptoms and thus they may not know they are infected. Wearing facial coverings protects your community in case you are unknowingly infected.
  • Masks do not eliminate the need for following other COVID-19 protection measures such as hygiene measures of washing hands and not touching your face, social distancing, not gathering in groups, etc.

Please remember that wearing a face covering does not remove the need for social distancing, rather it increases the protection against COVID-19 for you and others. Thank you for protecting yourself and your neighbors by wearing a facial covering.

Tips for putting on & taking off your mask:

  • When you put the mask on, you should leave it on for the duration of your outing because the outside of your mask is not sanitary
  • It is suggested that you wash your hands before putting your mask on and after taking your mask off.

The CDC supports cloth face coverings as a sufficient means of slowing the spread of COVID-19 

  • Cloth face coverings should:
  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops
  • Include multiple layers of fabric
  • Allow for breathing without restriction
  • Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

For more information on face mask/covering wearing tips and at-home mask construction please visit the CDC website or watch this video.

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