Mandatory Guidance - Face Coverings

11.18.20 - Face Shield FAQ

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11.16.20 -  Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings

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6/18/2020 - State Issues Guidance on Mandatory Face Covering in Public

Click here to open a PDF of the press release. Click here to view the State guidance. Click here for the Spanish version of the State guidance.

6/18/2020 - Health Officer rescinds face-covering order

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5/13/20 -  Health Officer Order regarding face covering has been modified so businesses do not need to enforce the order.

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The science isn’t simple but it’s clear. Decreased spread of disease, decreased hospitalizations, decreased deaths. See these articles:

See, in particular, p. 107, 108 of the Cochrane Meta-Analysis on the effectiveness of masks:

>>>>>   Plain masks reduced the chances of getting infected by 68%.

Other scientific articles:

The popular press: