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Face Masks

Masks must be worn indoors at all times, unless in a private, non-shared space (e.g., office or dorm room) or when eating.

Please wear a well-fitted mask.

  • Make sure your mask fits snugly against your face. Gaps can let air with respiratory droplets leak in and out around the edges of the mask.
  • Pick a mask with layers to keep your respiratory droplets in and others out. A mask with layers will stop more respiratory droplets from getting inside your mask or escaping from your mask if you are sick.
  • A face shield is not an adequate substitute for a mask. Face shields should only be used as an additional layer of protection.

Additional information on improving your mask’s protection can be found on the CDC website.

Do Choose Masks That:

Wear Masks with Layers
Have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric

Mask should cover nose and mouth
Completely cover your nose and mouth

Masks should be snug on sides
Fit snugly against the sides of your face and don’t have gaps

Masks should have a nose wire
Have a nose wire to prevent air from leaking out of the top of the mask

Do Not Choose Masks That:

Don't use masks made material that is not breathable.
Are made of fabric that makes it hard to breathe, for example, vinyl

Do not use masks with valves
Have exhalation valves or vents which allow virus particles to escape

Do not use surgical grade masks
Are specially labeled “surgical” N95 respirators, as those should be prioritized for healthcare personnel

 

Special Considerations

Where a gaiter with at two layers
Wear a gaiter with two layers, or fold it to make two layers

Do not wear face shields
Not recommended: Evaluation of face shields is ongoing, but effectiveness is unknown at this time