Face Coverings

COVID-19 is spread from person to person through respiratory droplets, and can spread before symptoms develop. Face coverings prevent the spread of transmission in two ways. 

  1. Face coverings prevent infectious individuals from spreading their respiratory droplets.
  2. Face coverings act as a barrier by preventing respiratory droplets from entering into the wearer’s nose and mouth.

For more information, please read below.

Face Coverings Required in Nashua

In the City of Nashua, everyone over the age of 10 is required to wear a face covering in public settings where it is hard to maintain a distance of six feet from others.


May 22, 2020: The City of Nashua issued Ordinance O-20-018 requiring the use of face coverings in public settings where you are unable to maintain social distancing (a distance of six feet between yourself and others), effective until further notice. Exceptions include children under the age of 10 and those unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition. 

September 22, 2020: The City of Nashua Board of Aldermen passed Ordinance O-20-029, providing supplemental regulations in addition to the requirements of Ordinance O-20-018, not to supersede them. Ordinance O-20-029 includes clarification regarding the use of face coverings for businesses, gyms, places of amusement (entertainment venues), and personal care services.

April 16, 2021: Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, and continued substantial community transmission in the Greater Nashua Region, the City of Nashua Ordinance O-20-018 and Ordinance O-20-029 will remain in effect until further notice. The City of Nashua Board of Health is in the process of developing evidence-based criteria for maintaining or removing the face covering ordinance. Read the full press release here.


Proper Use and Care

There are many steps you can take to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the universal use of face coverings in public, and cites several research studies that provide evidence of face covering effectiveness. For more information on the effectiveness of face coverings, please visit the CDC’s website.

Safe use of face coverings requires the wearer to practice the following:

  • Stay home if you are sick and avoid close contact with others
  • Social distance by keeping six feet of distance from others
  • Avoid large gatherings and crowds
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue or your inner elbow, not your hands.
  • Clean objects and surfaces that are frequently touched with household cleaning spray or wipes

How to Properly Put On a Face Covering:

  • Clean your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Determine the outside of the face covering - that side will face away from you.
  • Grab the face covering by the ear loops and place a loop around each ear.
  • Make sure the face covering fully covers your mouth AND nose, without any gap.
  • Avoid touching the front of your face covering.
  • If it becomes soiled, you should replace it.

How to Properly Take Off a Face Covering:

  • Remove the face covering by grabbing each ear loop.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth while removing it.
  • Fold the face covering so that the area facing outward is folded over itself.
  • Place the face covering in a plastic bag for cleaning later. 
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub after removal.

When you wear a face covering, make sure it meets the following:

  • Fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face,
  • Is secured with ties or ear loops,
  • Allows for breathing without restriction, and
  • Is able to be washed and machine dried without damage or change to shape.

Examples of When to Wear a Face CoveringExamples of When Not to Wear a Face Covering
Trips to the store, pharmacy, doctor, or hospitalAt home, if everyone in the home isn’t showing symptoms
Workers at businesses when they cannot maintain at least six feet distance between themselves and othersSpending time outdoors with members of your household if you can maintain a safe distance of six feet from others
Visiting a restaurant for dining or to pick up foodWho should not wear a face covering:
Walking outdoors on a crowded path or street- Children under the age of 2
In common areas or communal space of any building complex - Any person whom wearing a face covering may pose a risk to their health

Face Covering Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

To find out more information, view our list of frequently asked questions and answers below. 

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