The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g.., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance. See US Surgeon General demonstration of Facial Cloths below and CDC resource for further guiance.
Small Business Face Covering Request
The State of CT has partnered with the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) and its affiliate CONNSTEP on an initiative to distribute free face coverings to eligible, essential small businesses with fewer than 50 employees. Eligible essential small businesses can request up to two free face coverings per employee by filling out the form at https://www.ctcovidresponse.org/request-masks-for-ct-small-business. Requested face coverings will be distributed to municipalities beginning the week of May 4, 2020. Business that requested face coverings will be contacted with a date, time, and location to receive the requested masks within the City of Milford.
Small businesses are strongly urged to create their own face coverings in order ensure the limited supply of coverings go to small businesses that are struggling to secure their own supply.