The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing face masks in public indoor settings (like grocery stores and pharmacies) where social distancing is difficult if you are:
- Not fully vaccinated
- Fully vaccinated in an area where COVID-19 is spreading rapidly
- Fully vaccinated with weakened immune system
Masks are not needed in outdoor settings except when in crowded outdoor places or when doing activities that involve close contact with others. This is intended to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Face coverings can be bought or made from household items or common materials (such as fabrics, old scarves, bandanas, hand towels, old t-shirts, etc.).
Face masks should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, or is unable to remove the mask without assistance.
If you are fully vaccinated, you should wear a mask in public indoor settings if you’re in an area where COVID-19 is spreading rapidly. 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.