ADVISORY REGARDING FACE COVERINGS AND CLOTH MASKS

Medical Mask

Whereas the Ashburnham Board of Health recognizes that certain public settings may be difficult to maintain social distancing measures, and research by Mass DPH and CDC shows that people showing no symptoms of COVID-19 may still be able to spread the virus, the Ashburnham Board of Health hereby recommends the use of face masks as a measure to help slow the spread of COVID-19, and to protect yourself and those around you. The Board advises that every person wear a face mask in public settings (i.e. grocery stores and pharmacies), while performing duties for an essential service, and any other circumstance where it may be difficult to maintain a social distance of six feet from others.

For the proper use of face masks, the Board suggests you visit the following sites:

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth... Mass DPH: https://www.mass.gov/news/advisory-regarding-face-coverings-and-cloth-masks

In addition to wearing a cloth mask, you should continue to practice proven methods to protect yourself.

• Practice social distancing at all times by remaining 6 feet away from others when you have to leave your home for essential trips.

• Stay home if you are sick and avoiding close contact with others.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; using alcohol-based hand gel with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

• Clean things that are frequently touched (like doorknobs and countertops) with household cleaning spray or wipes.

• Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue or your inner elbow, not your hands.