Starting tomorrow, Wed. May 6, Massachusetts residents will be required to cover their faces when in public, in situations where they cannot safely social distance. Gov. Baker announced last week that the Commonwealth would follow several other states in instituting face coverings in public.

 

 

The state released helpful tips and a video showing people simple solutions to safely cover your face when needed:

There are many things that you can do to help protect yourself and others from becoming infected with COVID-19. People who show no symptoms of illness may still be able to spread COVID-19. A face covering may help prevent you from spreading COVID-19 to other people.

  • A face covering can include anything that covers your nose and mouth, including dust masks, scarves and bandanas.
  • Do not use health care worker masks, such as the N95 masks - those should be preserved for healthcare workers.
  • It is important that you wear these face coverings or masks in situations where it is difficult to maintain a social distance of six feet from others. For example, in a pharmacy or grocery store.

When you wear a cloth mask, it 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, and
  • Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape.

When putting on and taking off a mask, do not touch the front of it, you should only handle the ties or ear straps, and make sure you wash the cloth mask regularly. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after touching the mask.

Cloth masks should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.