Masks or cloth face coverings are now required in public in Connecticut in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus as the number of cases nears 18,000 and the death toll passes 1,000.
Starting Monday, April 20 at 8 p.m., face masks or cloth face coverings are required in public when close contact is unavoidable. The mask or cloth face cover must cover your nose and mouth.
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"If you are walking around and you are in a crowded area and you can't keep that six feet of distance, then you should probably, you should, must, wear a mask to protect yourself if you can't keep social distancing," Lamont said.
The masks and coverings are to be worn in public wherever the six feet social distancing is unavoidable, which includes employees at work.
Riders in taxis, cars, ride-sharing services or public transportation must always wear a mask. In addition, anyone at a semi-enclosed transit stop or waiting area must wear a face covering.
The governor's recommendation is for cloth face masks, not surgical masks or N95 respirators, said Josh Geballe, the state's chief operating officer.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the benefit of wearing a face mask is to protect others in case you are sick and when social distancing is difficult to maintain.
Here are a few tips to remember when it comes to face masks and coverings:
- Medical experts recommend choosing a fabric that is tightly woven to try and create double, even triple layering for your face.
- When it comes to your mask, try not to touch it until you're ready to take it off of your face.
- Make sure you wash your reusable mask in between uses.