Starting on May 6, 2020, all Massachusetts residents will be required to wear a face covering in public places, including when going for a walk or exercising. Governor Charlie Baker's mandate builds on Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh's continued call for residents to wear a face covering when outside of their homes to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The Boston Public Health Commission wants to remind everyone it is important to continue to practice social distancing and good hand hygiene, even when wearing a face covering.
A face covering is any well-secured paper or cloth that covers the mouth and nose. 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, if it is a cloth covering
Allow for breathing without restriction
A face covering can be made from something you already have in your home, such as a scarf, bandana or a t-shirt. Follow the video tutorials below to make your own face covering.
How to make a simple face covering from a bandana:
Graphic also available in Spanish, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean, Portuguese, French, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, Somali, and Arabic.
Watch Boston Mayor Marty Walsh make a face covering with only a t-shirt, scissors and rubber bands:
CDC Guidance on on how to make
a cloth mask is available here.
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