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The term ‘face covering’ 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 covering 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.
The use of face coverings is required to be worn by everyone over the age of five in public settings where you are unable to maintain social distancing (a distance of six feet between yourself and others). This includes:
A face covering is not required to be worn by any person if said person can show a medical professional has advised that wearing a face covering may pose a risk to said person for health related reasons. A face covering is not required to be worn by children five years of age and younger. The use of a face covering is not recommended for children less than 2 years of age.
A face covering is also not required to be worn for the following:
To properly put on the face covering, practice the following.
To properly remove the face covering, practice the following.
Wash your cloth face covering after each use in a washing machine or by hand using warm water and soap. Always allow your face covering to completely dry. If wearing a single-use face covering, 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 covering 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 coverings to protect our community. If you and/or your family is in need of face coverings, please contact Nicole Viau.