Face Coverings

Cloth face coverings recommended

Staying apart from other people and practicing good hygiene are the most important things we can do to protect our health and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Washington State Department of Health and the CDC now recommends that people wear cloth face coverings when they are in public places where they cannot stay 6 feet away from others. Here are some key points to keep in mind:                               

• Face coverings are not a substitute for other protective measures. It is still critical to stay home as much as possible, wash hands frequently, disinfect frequently used objects, and follow public health guidance.

• Face coverings are not required. They are a personal choice.

• People who choose to wear face coverings should use simple cloth coverings that can be made at home. Learn how to make a no-sew face covering here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html

• Medical masks should be reserved for health care workers. Surgical masks and N95 respirators are in short supply and need to be kept available for health care workers and First Responders who are helping patients.

• Face coverings should not be placed on children younger than 2.

Monday, April 6, 2020, the Department of Defense announced that, to the extent practical, all individuals on DoD property, installations, and facilities will wear cloth face coverings when they cannot maintain six feet of social distance in public areas or work centers.

For more information about face coverings, go to coronavirus.wa.gov or cdc.gov.