Face Coverings

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To prevent the spread of COVID-19, individuals in Glendale must wear a Face Covering when outside their household, living unit, or other place they reside at all times, except as follows: 

• You are alone or with household members only
• Children under the age of 2 (including infants)
• Children with breathing problems
• Individuals with certain disabilities engaging in the permitted activities are exempt from wearing face coverings if they follow social distancing requirements and follow all governmental directives and the Los Angeles County Public Health protocols
• If face covering creates a risk related to work activity under federal, state, local laws, or workplace regulations.
• By anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the Face Covering without assistance
• Indoors, provided that (i) there is at least six feet of space and (ii) Others are not likely to be in the same space for a few days
• Outdoors, provided that (i) you are alone or with household members only, when nobody else is within 30 feet. Individuals must keep Face Coverings visible and ready to cover mouth and nose when others are within 30 feet
• When a person is alone in a private office or area that is not shared and not likely to be visited by others without prior warning
• When in a motor vehicle and either alone or exclusively with other members of the same household or living unit, unless they must lower their windows for any purpose such as to interact with first responders, food service workers, or others who are not members of their households
• When eating or drinking, whether indoors or outdoors


FAQ

What is a cloth face covering? Is it a mask?

A face covering is not the same thing as a mask.

You should not be purchasing medical grade masks, which are in short supply. It is extremely important that N95 masks are reserved for those who need them most and have the highest risk of infection, including medical professionals and healthcare workers. A cloth face covering is a material that covers the nose and mouth. It can be secured to the head with ties or straps or simply wrapped around the lower face. It can be made of a variety of materials, such as cotton, silk, or linen. A cloth face covering may be factory-made or sewn by hand, or can be improvised from household items such as scarfs, T-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels.

How well do cloth face coverings work to prevent spread of COVID-19?

Cloth face coverings are NOT a substitute for staying home, physical distancing, and washing hands, but they may be helpful when combined with these primary interventions.

How should I care for a cloth face covering?

It’s a good idea to wash your cloth face covering frequently, ideally after each use, or at least daily. Have a bag or bin to keep cloth face coverings in until they can be laundered with detergent and hot water and dried on a hot cycle. If you must re-wear your cloth face covering before washing, wash your hands immediately after putting it back on and avoid touching your face. Discard cloth face coverings that:

  • No longer cover the nose and mouth
  • Have stretched out or damaged ties or straps
  • Cannot stay on the face
  • Have holes or tears in the fabric

Homemade Face Covers: Sew and No Sew

Sewn Face Cover

Sewing a facemask - materials needed

Materials

  • Two 10”x6” rectangles of cotton fabric
  • Two 6” pieces of elastic (or rubber bands, string, cloth strips, or hair ties)
  • Needle and thread (or bobby pin)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine

Tutorial

1. Cut out two 10-by-6-inch rectangles of cotton fabric. Use tightly woven cotton, such as quilting fabric or cotton sheets. T-shirt fabric will work in a pinch. Stack the two rectangles; you will sew the mask as if it was a single piece of fabric.

Sewing a facemask - step 1

 

 

2. Fold over the long sides ¼ inch and hem. Then fold the double layer of fabric over ½ inch along the short sides and stitch down.

Sewing a facemask - step 2

 

 

3. Run a 6-inch length of 1/8-inch wide elastic through the wider hem on each side of the mask. These will be the ear loops. Use a large needle or a bobby pin to thread it through. Tie the ends tight.
Don’t have elastic? Use hair ties or elastic head bands. If you only have string, you can make the ties longer and tie the mask behind your head.

Sewing a facemask - step 3

 

 

4. Gently pull on the elastic so that the knots are tucked inside the hem. Gather the sides of the mask on the elastic and adjust so the mask fits your face. Then securely stitch the elastic in place to keep it from slipping.

Sewing a facemask - step 4

 

 

Quick Cut T-shirt Face Cover (no sew method)

Materials

  • T-shirt
  • Scissors

Tutorial

Sewing a facemask - step 1

 

 

Creating a facemask from a tshirt - step 2

 

 

Creating a facemask from a tshirt - step 3

 

 

Bandana Face Cover (no sew method)

Materials

  • Bandana (or square cotton cloth approximately 20”x20”)
  • Coffee filter
  • Rubber bands (or hair ties)
  • Scissors (if you are cutting your own cloth)

Tutorial

Creating a facemask from a bandanna - step 1

 

Creating a facemask from a bandanna - step 2

 

 

Creating a facemask from a bandanna - step 3

 

 

Creating a facemask from a bandanna - step 4

 

 

Creating a facemask from a bandanna - step 5

 

 

Creating a facemask from a bandanna - step 6

 

 

Creating a facemask from a bandanna - step 7