- A cloth face covering is not a substitute for existing guidance about handwashing and social distancing.
- Delawareans are urged to use cloth face coverings and reserve medical-grade masks for use by health care workers and first responders. Medical-grade masks include N95, KN95, surgical, or other masks that would be appropriate for a health care setting.
- Delawareans wearing a face covering should practice strict hand-washing before and after touching the face covering.
- Face coverings are not a replacement for washing hands, practicing physical distancing, and staying home.
- If you are sick, wear a cloth face covering over your nose and mouth if you must be around other people – even while at home.
- The best defense against COVID-19 is frequent hand washing, avoiding being around sick people, staying home/physical distancing, and avoiding touching your face, mouth, eyes, and nose with unwashed hands
- Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings During COVID-19 Pandemic for Children:
- Delawareans over the age of 12 are required to wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain
- Any child 2-years-old or younger MUST NOT wear a face covering, due to the risk of suffocation.
- Face coverings are recommended for children age 2-4 when feasible.
- Face coverings are strongly recommended for children ages 5 and above as long as there are no health risks based on a child’s medical condition.
- DPH Guidance on Singing and Other Loud Vocalization:
- If engaged in activities such as singing, or yelling (e.g.: lifeguards, camp staff or coaches providing instructions), follow DPH Guidance on Singing and Other Loud Vocalization.
- Ensure you are wearing a face covering, and following additional requirements in the Governor’s 20th Modification to the State of Emergency by staying at least 13 feet away from others, facing away from the audience, or stand behind a physical barrier or partition such as a sneeze guard if you are not wearing a face covering. The same requirements are in effect whether the activity occurs inside or outside.
- If face coverings are difficult to wear during an activity, consider using face shields in addition to distancing as an alternative.
- If face coverings are available but not used, the reader, speaker, or singer must put the face covering back on and use hand sanitizer immediately after speaking, reading, or singing.
Effective 8:00 a.m. on Friday, May 1, businesses must:
- Require employees to wear a face covering while working in areas open to the public and in areas where coming within 6 feet of other staff is likely.
- Provide, at the business’ expense, face coverings and hand sanitizer for their employees.
- Deny entry to individuals who do not have a face covering – or if one is not available for them.
- If any business denying entry is providing medication, medical supplies, or food, the business should provide alternate methods of pickup or delivery.
Learn how to make a face covering from the CDC
Instructions on how to make and wear a face covering – More information from CDC
Important to note:
- Members of the general public should not to use medical or surgical masks. Medical-grade masks should be reserved for health care workers and first responders.
- Individuals wearing a cloth face covering should practice strict hand washing before and after touching and adjusting the mask.
- Face coverings are not a replacement for washing hands, physical distancing while performing essential activities, and staying home.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Have stretched out or damaged ties or straps
- No longer cover the mouth and nose
- Don’t stay on the face
- Have any rips or holes in the fabric
- Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings During COVID-19 Pandemic – Delaware Division of Public Health
- Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings During COVID-19 Pandemic for Children – Delaware Division of Public Health
- CDC: Use of Cloth Face Coverings – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- CDC: How to make and wear a face covering – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- [Video] How to Make Your Own Face Covering – Office of the Surgeon General