Face Covering Do's and Dont's

Face Covering Do's & Don'ts


  • Make sure you can breathe through it
  • Wear it whenever going out in public
  • Make sure it covers your nose and mouth
  • Wash after using


  • Use on children under age 2
  • Use surgical masks or other personal protective equipment (PPE) intended for health care workers

How to Wear a Cloth Face Covering

Cloth face coverings should:

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

Information provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
Questions about COVID-19?
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Printed by Authority of the State of Illinois • 4/15/20