Instructions for use of disposable face coverings

How to safely wear a disposable face covering:

  • Wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before putting it on and taking it off.
  • Secure the elastic loops of the covering around your ears.
  • Make sure it fits to cover your mouth and nose.
  • Avoid touching your face and face covering while using it.
  • Do not leave your face covering hanging from your ear, or from your chin.

How to safely take a disposable face covering off:

  1. Remove the face covering without touching the side that faces outwards.
  2. Remove the elastic loops of the face covering around your ears.
  3. Hold only the loops or strings and place the face covering in the garbage.
  4. Wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Download instructions for using disposable masks in multiple languages:

The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has published guidelines for making simple, no-sew face coverings, available in multiple languages. Learn how to make your own face covering by visiting their website.

Read our frequently asked questions about cloth face coverings and preventing the spread of COVID-19.