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Why You Should Wear a Cloth Face Covering

Individuals in Dare County are encouraged to wear a mask or cloth face covering if they will be with other people.

The CDC advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings can be fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at a low cost.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

Cloth masks are not a substitute for social distancing, proper hygiene or abiding by the stay at home orders.

How to Wear a Cloth Face Covering

Cloth face coverings should:

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face

  • be secured with ties or ear loops

  • include multiple layers of fabric

  • allow for breathing without restriction

  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

When wearing a face covering please:

  • make sure you can breathe through it

  • wear it whenever social distancing measures are difficult to maintain

  • wash after using

Those Who Should NOT Wear a Cloth Face Covering

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on:

  • young children under age 2

  • anyone who has trouble breathing

  • unconscious individuals

  • incapacitated individuals 

  • anyone who is unable to remove the mask without assistance

Information on masks and children during COVID-19 is available from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

What if I See Someone Not Wearing a Cloth Face Covering

There may be medical and justifiable reasons individuals are not wearing a mask or cloth face covering in public. If you are uncomfortable, please make every effort to stay away from those individuals. 

What Can I do if I Own a Business

Your business is able to require face coverings to be worn, however, please keep in mind that some individuals cannot wear face coverings due to medical conditions. Your business can also ask individuals who are not appropriately distancing themselves to please do so.  This may be an awkward request to make of a customer, but if you or your team members are uncomfortable, please say something.  If this is a continuous problem in your organization, consider one way aisles or posting signage on your door. Printable signage regarding face coverings in businesses is available in the resources section at

How to Make Your Own Cloth Face Covering

Cloth face coverings can be fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at a low cost.

  • Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams explains how to make your own face coverings.

  • Sewn Face CoveringHow to make a sewn cloth face covering materials and tutorial. Provided by the CDC.

  • No Sew MethodsNo Sew Face Covering