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Health officials and our Governor are asking us all to wear masks while out in public. Here are the reasons why:

  • Masks can prevent transmission. Even if you don’t think you are sick, you could be carrying the virus. Wearing a mask protects others from your germs.
  • You are wearing a mask for the greater good of society. The more of us that stay healthy, the faster we can get our economy up and running again. Also, fewer of us will need the hospital, leaving it available for those who need it for both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 reasons.
  • Masks can help remind you to keep your hands away from your face while you are out and about.
  • When others see you wearing a mask, it reminds them to wear theirs, creating a social norm that will keep us all safer.

Remember, a mask doesn’t make you immune

  • Continue to maintain at least 6 feet apart from others and practice regular and proper handwashing.
  • Wear your mask in populated places like the grocery store, parks, and bike paths.
  • If you are alone on a country road or even in a town where you can’t see anyone around, you can keep your mask off. As soon as someone is in your line of site, it’s best to pull your mask up for when you pass each other.
  • Wash your masks between use.

How to make or acquire a mask:

  • If you can sew, this mask uses old shoe laces for ties since elastic can be hard to buy right now.
  • If you can’t sew, you can use a banana or other square of fabric with hair elastics or rubber bands.
  • Find more resources about masks and Vermont businesses selling them from Vermont Emergency Management.
  • Get creative if you are having trouble finding fabric, think about how you can recycle old fabric items in your house like and old t-shirt, dishtowels, or sheets.

Other ideas, tips, and resources to keep you and your family healthy, active, and informed during the COVID-19 pandemic:

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