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Face Coverings: How to Wear Them

Have you wondered whether or not you've mastered the art of wearing a face covering correctly?

This article highlights the very things your face covering should do when you're wearing it correctly. Before we *cover* these, please note: you always want to wash your hands before handling your face covering.

Ok, here we go! You know you're wearing your face covering like a pro, if your mask:


  1. Fits snugly but comfortably against the side of your face.
  2. Is secured with ties or ear loops.
  3. Includes multiple layers of fabric.
  4. Allows for breathing without restriction.
  5. Is able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape.
  6. Covers mouth and nose with no gaps between your face and the mask.

Also, while wearing your face covering be careful not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth when removing your face covering. And you should wash your hands immediately after removing it.

And because many have run into the challenge of foggy glasses, while wearing face coverings, we offer you...

Tips for Avoiding Foggy Glasses When Wearing Your Face Covering:

  1. Wash your glasses with soapy water. Research has shown that washing glasses with soapy water, and letting them air dry before putting on your mask, reduces fogging.
  2. Use tissue paper. Placing tissue paper between your glasses and the bridge of your nose may help absorb the moisture that causes foggy glasses. 

If you still have questions on face coverings, read LA County's Department of Public Health (DPH) Guidance on Face Coverings or visit their website.

Face Coverings: When and Where To Wear Them

LA County's Health Officer Order does not require wearing face coverings while in the backyard or while on a solitary run or walk. County residents are required, however, to wear face coverings when in contact with other people who are not household members (whether you're in a public or private space). So, if you're on a solitary run or walk - and you see someone approaching - put on your face covering! 

And remember: face coverings are not a substitute for always practicing physical distancing & frequent hand washing.

For more information on how to stay safe during the COVID-19 emergency health crisis, visit covid19.lacounty.gov


 Updated 5/18/20