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The term ‘face mask’ refers to a covering made of cloth, fabric, or other soft or permeable material, without holes, that covers the nose, mouth, and surrounding areas of the lower face. A face mask may be factory-made or homemade from ordinary household material.
We do not recommend the use of a valve mask. Valve masks have a one-way valve that closes when you breathe in, so pathogens can’t get in, but opens when you breathe out. This creates an open doorway for your respiratory droplets to leave the mask and is not effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
In accordance with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People, persons who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear a face mask indoors or outdoors where business is conducted, unless required by that business, organization, or worksite. Persons who are not fully vaccinated or are immunocompromised are strongly encouraged to wear a face mask in public settings where it is difficult to maintain a distance of six feet from others for their own protection and that of others.
To properly put on the face covering, practice the following.
To properly remove the face covering, practice the following.
Wash your cloth face mask after each use in a washing machine or by hand using warm water and soap. Always allow your face mask to completely dry. If wearing a single-use face mask, please discard after each use. DO NOT place your mask in a microwave as that is a fire hazard and will not clean or disinfect your mask.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has instructions on how to make your own face mask in several different methods, including machine or hand-sewn, a no-sew method with a T-shirt and scissors, and a no-sew method with a bandana. You can view detailed instructions on their website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.
The City of Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services (DPHCS) has a supply of face masks to protect our community. If you and/or your family is in need of face masks, please contact Nicole Chute.