Instructions on How to Wear a Cloth Mask Correctly:

  • Wash your hands before putting on a cloth mask.
  • Put a cloth mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
  • Try to fit the cloth mask snugly against the sides of your face.
  • Make sure you can breathe easily while wearing the cloth mask.

Instructions on How to Use a Cloth Mask to Protect Others:

  • Wear a cloth mask to help protect others in case you’re infected with COVID-19 but don’t have symptoms.
  • Keep the cloth mask on your face the entire time you’re in public.
  • Don’t put the cloth mask around your neck or up on your forehead.
  • Don’t touch the cloth mask, and, if you do, make sure to wash your hands.

Instructions on How to Take Off a Cloth Mask Carefully at Home:

  • Untie the strings of the mask behind your head or stretch the ear loops.
  • Handle the cloth mask only by the ear loops or ties.
  • Fold the outside corners of the cloth mask together.
  • Place the cloth mask in the washing machine, following the proper washing instructions.
  • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth when removing the cloth mask and wash your hands immediately after removing it.

Source: “How to Wear Cloth Face Coverings,”, May 22, 2020.