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Face Coverings

face-covering-checklistThe CDC has issued new guidance recommending the use of face coverings for all individuals over the age of two. Requirements from the City of Highland Park and the State of Illinois are in line with this public health best practice. Wearing a face covering can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Face coverings should be worn: 
  • By all individuals over the age of 2
  • In all public indoor spaces
  • Outdoors, when a distance of six feet from others cannot be maintained
  • By all patrons of restaurants and bars when interacting with employees, including:
    • placing orders; 
    • picking-up carryout or drive-thru orders, and;
    • when food and beverages are brought to the table or removed.
To be effective, face coverings should cover the nose and mouth. 
 
The CDC has prepared a guide for wearing face coverings, and the City has also created a flyer with information from the CDC and World Health Organization.

Halloween Face Coverings
Per the CDC, a Halloween costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask or face covering. A costume mask should not be used unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose and doesn't leave gaps around the face. 

The CDC does not recommend that individuals wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask, because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe. Instead, the CDC urges individuals to  wear a Halloween-themed cloth mask. 

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As a reminder, healthcare workers and first responders can only use medical-grade masks. There is no need for members of the public to wear N95 or surgical masks. If you have a supply of N95 or surgical masks and are willing to donate them to healthcare workers, click here to learn more .

The Illinois Department of Public Health has shared a social story regarding face coverings from Hands and Voices, an organization advocating for the needs of Deaf and hard-of-hearing adults and children. The story uses real pictures and simple language to help children understand why it is important to wear face coverings. Please note that the story uses the term "face masks," because it is simpler and more accessible for children. 

Find patterns and more information below. 

Last updated September 22, 2020.

Face Covering Patterns

Face Covering Requirements

Face Covering Safety

Face Covering/Mask Donation

Flyers & Information to Share

Face Coverings Available for Purchase from Local Businesses