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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.
Nashua now requires 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).
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. This order also does not require children under 10 years of age to wear face coverings, parents should make their own judgment. The use of a face covering is not recommended for children less than 2 years of age.
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 United Way of Greater Nashua COVID-19 Response Team volunteers are also working to distribute free cloth face coverings at Nashua City Hall Plaza (229 Main Street) seven days a week from May 25 to May 31, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.