Why is a face covering important?

Face coverings help prevent the spread of the virus.

  • Your face covering protects me, and my face covering protects you. Wearing a cloth face covering will help protect people around you, including those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and workers who frequently come into close contact with other people (e.g., in stores and restaurants).
  • Face coverings work best when we all wear them. Face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings. The spread of COVID-19 can be reduced when face coverings are used along with other preventive measures, including physical distancing, frequent handwashing, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.

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1. Is everyone required to wear a face covering?
2. Why is a face covering important?
3. How should I care for my cloth face covering?
4. How long can I use a paper face covering?
5. I'm not able to wear a face covering for medical condition, mental health reason, or disability. Do I need documentation about why I can't wear a face covering?
6. Does the mask requirement apply to businesses that see customers by appointment only?
7. Do individuals that have already tested positive for COVID-19 still have to wear a face covering?
8. Are face coverings required inside gyms and yoga studios?
9. What do I do if I see someone not wearing a face covering, even though they should be?
10. Is there a penalty for not wearing a face covering in public?
11. As a valid Concealed Handgun Permit Holder, am I required to wear a mask or face covering?