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Use face coverings during COVID-19

Use face coverings during COVID-19

The new L.A. County Public Health Order requires that you wear a cloth face covering to reduce disease transmission in order to enter any essential business.

Watch the video of U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams demonstrating how to make a no-sew mask in 45 seconds.

While social distancing and hand washing are the best evidence-based strategies for slowing the spread of COVID-19, cloth face coverings are an additional tool to help reduce the release of infectious particles into the air when someone speaks, coughs or sneezes. Cloth face coverings won’t protect you from getting COVID-19 but they will provide some protection to keep others from getting COVID-19 from you, if you happen to be infected and not know it.

With the shortage of surgical masks and N95 respirators (necessarily reserved for essential care workers), other options for cloth face coverings include bandanas, neck gaiters, scarves or tightly woven fabric, such as cotton t-shirts.

For written instructions on how to make your own cloth face covering from available home supplies, see

Bandanas, a simple no-sew option for a face covering, or fabric and supplies to sew masks can be purchased online with curbside pickup at Lakewood retailers such as Michaels and Joann Fabrics and Crafts. Check with each store for details, as hours are limited.

Private parties are also selling masks through stores on Etsy.

As a reminder, it is a good idea to wash your cloth face covering frequently, ideally after each use, or at least daily, and always wash your hands and avoid touching your face.