Community and Visitor Guidelines
Wear a face covering that covers your nose and mouth to help protect others in case you’re infected with COVID-19 but don’t have symptoms.
Wear a face covering in public settings when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when it may be difficult for you to stay 6 feet apart.
Face Coverings Are Mandatory Unless an Exemption Applies:
- Actively eating or drinking in a public setting, if you are able to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household. Face coverings should only be removed while taking a drink or a bite of food.
- Walking outdoors, if you are able to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household. You must have a face covering with you at all times and put it on if you are within 6 feet of others who are not in your household.
- View the full list of exemptions on the CDPH website.
How to Put on Your Face Covering:
- Wash your hands before putting on your face covering.
- Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
- Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face.
- Make sure you can breathe easily.
Wear a Face Covering Correctly for Maximum Protection:
- The mask should cover from below your chin to above your nose, and be pinched to fit the bridge of your nose snugly.
- Don’t put the face covering around your neck or up on your forehead.
- Don’t touch the face covering, and, if you do, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer to disinfect.
Take Off Your Cloth Face Covering Carefully, When You’re Home:
- Untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops.
- Handle only by the ear loops or ties.
- Fold outside corners together.
- Place covering in the washing machine.
- Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing and wash hands immediately after removing.
Wash Your Hands
Wash your hands often.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- It’s especially important to wash:
- Before eating or preparing food
- Before touching your face
- After using the restroom
- After leaving a public place
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After handling your cloth face covering
- After changing a diaper
- After caring for someone sick
- After touching animals or pets
If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Wash, Sanitize and Repeat
The CDC recommends:
- Handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after visiting a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Always avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection
- Learn more at the CDC’s How to Protect Yourself & Others webpage.
Physical distancing, also called “social distancing,” means keeping a safe space between yourself and other people who are not from your household.
Inside your home:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
Outside your home:
- Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
- Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus.
- Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.