While some communities are mandating the use of face coverings in public during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Independence is simply encouraging the use of face coverings, per Jackson County’s Recovery Plan Phase 1.
According to the Recovery Plan Phase 1, all persons older than 2 years old should wear a mask when possible. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing cloth face coverings in settings where social-distancing measures are difficult to maintain (like grocery stores and pharmacies). The CDC further advises the use of 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.
All individuals are strongly encouraged to cover their nose and mouth with a face covering, such as a bandana, scarf, towel or other piece of clothing or fabric, when leaving home.
Individuals do not need to wear a face covering when outdoors exercising, although they’re encouraged to have one with them.
Public health officials stress that face coverings do not replace the need for social distancing, which calls for individuals staying at least six feet away from others who are not part of their household.
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC makes the following recommendations.
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The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
CDC also 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 fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks nor 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.
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?
- Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.
Visit the CDC website for instructions on how to sew cloth face coverings.