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Face Coverings & Masks

The County of San Diego requires face coverings to be worn anywhere in public where you could come within 6 feet of someone you don't live with. Face coverings should be worn in addition to, not instead of, all of the other health precautions:

  • Stay home except for essentials
  • Keep 6 feet from others when you're out
  • Wash hands often
  • Disinfect surfaces
  • Stay home if you're sick

Employees of businesses selling food, like grocery stories and restaurants, are required to wear face coverings.

You should NOT use medical grade masks, like N95 masks, unless you are working as a first responder, health care provider or some other essential work that requires them.  

Get creative

The CDC has step by step instructions for different types of homemade face coverings. If you want to get creative, here are other ideas:

Make your own face mask guide from First 5 San Diego 
Easy no-sew face covering with a t-shirt and 2 rubber bands 
T-shirt idea with a little sewing 
Comparing different kinds of fabrics


  1. Wash your hands before putting your face covering on
  2. Be careful not to touch your face when adjusting it as you wear it
  3. Wash your covering between each use
  4. Don't let a face covering give you a false sense of security. Think of it as an added layer of protection, not a replacement for staying at home and keeping your distance from others.


If you have a sewing machine and would like to volunteer to make cloth face coverings, please get more information and fill out the form on our Sew2Care page. Someone will follow up regarding details, patterns and next steps.

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