Who should wear face masks?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that every person aged 2 years and older wear a cloth covering or mask that covers their nose and mouth when they are out in public places. Cloth face coverings should NOT be put on babies or children younger than 2 because of the danger of suffocation. Wearing cloth face coverings or masks is a critical public health toolthat can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 when used in addition to other measures such as social distancing and frequent hand washing. It is important to remember that any mask is better than no mask.

     Individuals in areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases should consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated. People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken their immune system may not be fully protected even if they are fully vaccinated. They should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people, including wearing a well-fitted mask, until advised otherwise by their healthcare provider.Individuals who are fully vaccinated should wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission to maximize protection and prevent possibly spreading COVID-19 to others.

     Masks are especially important if you or someone in your household is at increased risk for getting very sick from COVID-19, or if someone in your household is unvaccinated. Continue to wear masks as required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.

Visit the CDC website for more information.