When to Wear a Face Covering & How to Clean It
Effective May 1, 2020, the County of San Diego began requiring people to wear face coverings in many public settings. The coverings help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and are part of the County's path to reopening San Diego. Face coverings can be made of cloth. Homemade coverings, bandanas, scarves and neck gaiters are also options. Medical grade masks should be saved for healthcare workers. Read the full information on the County website.
When to wear
In general, you must wear face coverings anywhere you come within six feet of others. That includes:
- Waiting in line to go inside a store.
- Shopping in a store.
- Picking up food at a restaurant.
- Waiting for or riding on public transportation.
- Riding in a taxi or other ride service vehicle.
- Seeking health care.
- Going into facilities allowed to stay open.
- Working an essential job that interacts with the public.
When face coverings are not required
Face coverings are not required:
- At home.
- In the car alone or with members of your household.
- For children under 2 years old, because of the risk of suffocation.
- Swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling or running by yourself or with household members. Have a face covering ready and wear it if you come within six feet of other people.
- For residents with a health condition that prevents wearing a mask.
Should cloth face coverings be washed or otherwise cleaned regularly? How regularly?
Yes. They should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use.
How does one safely sterilize/clean a cloth face covering?
A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering.
How does one safely remove a used cloth face covering?
Remove the mask from the back by holding string/elastic with clean hands. Be careful not to touch eyes, nose, and mouth when removing face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.