Simple face coverings made at home with common materials can be used as an additional public health measure. Use of coverings in addition to regular hand washing and physical distancing can slow the spread of the virus.

Stay Informed – Most importantly, remember to follow the California Department of Public Health’s guidelines. Visit for more information and to sign up to receive local emergency alerts.

Be Safe – Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or those unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance.

How Face Coverings Work – When worn and constructed properly, cloth face coverings are an added layer of protection for you and the people around you.

Face Coverings Are Not PPE – Cloth face coverings are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators and are not as effective but they provide some protection and allow for critical supplies to be available to medical personnel.

Use Face Coverings Correctly – Cloth face coverings should fit well and comfortably against the side of the face; be secured with ties or ear loops; include multiple layers of fabric; not restrict breathing; be easily sterilized through machine wash and dry without damage.

Safely Removing Your Face Covering – Use the ear loops to remove your face covering, do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing your face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.

Sterilizing Your Face Coverings – Put the cloth face coverings in your washing machine and hang them to dry. Wash cloth face coverings with hot water and detergent or soap after each wear. Wash your hands when you are done.

Equipping Your Community – In order to make a face covering for someone else, you must practice extreme safety. Make your face coverings in a clean and isolated environment. When you are finished creating face coverings, package them in re-sealable bags and make note to the recipients to wash them immediately.

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