San Benito County Health Officer is requiring residents to wear a face covering when going out into the public to perform essential activities. The order also includes customers of public transit (including while waiting at transit stops), rideshare
services, and passengers in private automobiles who are not members of the same household. The order does not require children 12 and younger to wear face coverings or anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. Children two years old or younger must not wear them due to risk of suffocation.
The California Department of Public Health has these guidelines for cloth masks/face coverings:
· Face coverings can be made out of cloth, be factory-made or hand-sewn, or improvised using bandannas, scarves, T-shirts, sweatshirts or towels.
· The material should cover the nose and mouth.
· Ideally, face coverings should be washed after each use. Dirty masks should be placed in a dedicated laundry bag or bin.
· Use detergent and hot water when washing cloth masks, and dry them on a hot cycle.
· Be sure your mask is comfortable; you don’t want to have to keep adjusting the mask because that means touching your face. Wash your hands, or use hand sanitizer, before and after touching your face or face coverings.
If you must re-wear your cloth face covering before washing it, wash your hands immediately
after putting it back on and avoid touching your face.