Governor Baker issued a Statewide Order Requiring the Use of Masks Or Face Coverings effective May 6, 2020 in any place open to the public where social distancing cannot be maintained includings stores and public transit. Simple cloth face coverings can slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.
DIY Instructions for Homemade Face Coverings:
Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items (rubber bands, string) or made at home from common materials (T-shirts, bandanas) can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
Washing Masks/Care Instructions:
- Donated masks should always be washed prior to use.
- Wash dirty masks between daily usage or after each use depending on level of exposure.
- Machine wash or Hand wash in hot water with regular detergent.
- Dry completely on hot setting or lay on flat surface to dry.
- Ensure mask is completely dry prior to next usage.
- Everyone should have at least two masks – one for wearing and one for laundry.
- Always wash your hands after removing a mask or putting a previously worn mask back on.
Wearing and Removing Masks:
- Mask should fit snugly against the side of face, over the nose bridge, beneath the chin, and be secured with ties or ear loops.
- Breathing should be unrestricted.
- Replace mask if material becomes wet (versus damp) from breath condensation.
- To remove mask, be careful not to touch eyes, nose, or mouth and fold outside surface away from face.
- Wash hands immediately after removing used mask.
Because of the continued shortage of face masks for health care professionals, several organizations across the Cape are producing homemade face coverings for those in need. To learn more, please visit https://www.ccmedicalreservecorps.org.
Local Retailer Face Coverings:
Remember – if you need to leave home, face coverings with social distancing will help protect you and your family.