As we continue navigating challenges brought on by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we want to assure you that we are doing everything we can to support your health and wellness through enhanced precautions and safety measures. Additionally, in following guidelines issued by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we recommend the use of face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Why should I wear a mask? Wearing cloth face coverings may help prevent people who have been infected with COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others. Research suggests that many people with COVID-19 are asymptomatic (i.e. they do not have symptoms), so wearing a face covering can help prevent someone who doesn’t even know they have the virus from spreading it to others. Am I required by law to wear a mask? Refer to information issued by your state or local government. Visit this state-by-state directory of local health departments for information about any mask mandates that may have been issued in your area. When should I wear a mask? According to recommendations issued by the CDC, you should wear face coverings if: You are in public – particularly in situations where social distancing measures aren’t easy to maintain You are sick and interacting with others in your home You are taking care of someone sick at home Does everyone need to wear a mask? The CDC states that face coverings should NOT be worn by: Children under the age of 2 People who experience trouble breathing, are unconscious or incapacitated People who need help removing their face coverings What kind of mask should I wear? Currently, N95 respirators and surgical masks should only be used by first responders and healthcare workers. Visit the CDC’s page on making cloth face coverings to read more about simple ways that you can make a cloth mask at home. What’s the correct way to wear a mask? According to the CDC, you should: Always wash your hands before you put on a mask Make sure you can breathe easily Fit the mask snugly against the sides of your face Place the mask over your nose and mouth, and secure it beneath your chin Avoid placing masks around your neck or on your forehead Avoid touching your mask once it’s on your face (if you do, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer) How can I keep my mask clean? There are several ways to keep your mask clean: Store your mask in a clean, plastic bag if you plan to use it again Wash your mask as part of your regular laundry routine, using detergent and hot water Hand wash your mask with soap or detergent and room-temperature water, then boil the mask for 1 minute Avoid sharing your mask with other people Stay informed Stay up-to-date with our Resource Hub for the latest information regarding COVID-19, including visitor policies, safety protections, and more. And visit your local and state health department websites and the CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) hub for updates on how to stay safe during the pandemic.