Additional Guidance on Masks and Social Distancing in Public

April 20, 2020

Governor Lamont Friday issued his 29th executive order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The order now states that beginning tonight, cloth face coverings or a higher level of protection are required in public wherever close contact is unavoidable.

Wearing a mask will help reduce the spread from people who are asymptomatic carriers of the virus. There have been many stories of local volunteers who worked hard to sew face masks for those who are the most vulnerable, from grocery store workers to residents and staff members at our nursing homes. Thank you so much for your selfless work.

The CDC website has instructions on how to create your own mask at home, with or without sewing machines. Some masks can be produced by using common household items.

U.S. Surgeon  General Dr. Jerome Adams released a short video that describes other ways to create a homemade mask. To see all of the CDC recommendations, click here