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Masking Guidance

CDPH Guidance for Facial Coverings

CDPH Q&A for Facial Coverings

CDPH School Guidance

Types of Facial Coverings

CDPH Get the Most out of Masking

CDC Guide for Facial Coverings


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current face covering guidance for people at higher risk or with underlying medical conditions? 

People who have medical conditions that make them more vulnerable to COVID should talk to their healthcare provider about any extra precautions when it comes to wearing a face covering. They can also consult the CDC's Extra Precautions for People at Higher Risk.

Are bandanas, neck gators, or balaclavas allowed as facial coverings in public indoor spaces?

No. Bandanas, neck gators, and balaclavas are not allowed by CAL-OSHA since they do not properly protect from the virus. We now know more about how the virus is transmitted. Effective masks must be:

  • double or triple layer cloth masks that are reasonably tight fitting (can't see through it)
  • medical grade
  • KN95
  • N95 if fit tested

Who should not wear a face covering?

CDPH mandates that very young children (persons younger than two years old) should not wear cloth face coverings. Similarly, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance should not wear facial coverings.