As a reminder, healthcare workers and first responders can only use medical-grade masks. There is no need for members of the public to wear N95 or surgical masks. If you have a supply of N95 or surgical masks and are willing to donate them to healthcare workers, click here to learn more .
The Illinois Department of Public Health has shared a social story regarding face coverings from Hands and Voices, an organization advocating for the needs of Deaf and hard-of-hearing adults and children. The story uses real pictures and simple language to help children understand why it is important to wear face coverings. Please note that the story uses the term "face masks," because it is simpler and more accessible for children.
Find patterns and more information below.
Last updated April 28, 2021.
Face Covering Patterns
- No-sew masks with Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams (video)
- CDC ASL Video Series: Face Coverings (video)
- No-sew face coverings (illustrated guide)
Face Covering Requirements
Who should wear a face covering?
- All individuals over the age of 2 who can medically tolerate a face covering
When should a face covering be worn?
- In all public, indoor spaces (i.e., retail businesses, shared spaces such as elevators)
- In outdoor spaces when a distance of 6 ft. from others cannot be maintained
- While waiting to be seated or served at a restaurant
- As indicated by industry-specific guidance from the State of Illinois
When is it not necessary to wear a face covering?
- At home with members of your own household
- While drinking or dining
- While exercising (though please be cautious and keep a 6 ft. distance from others)
Post-Vaccination Face Coverings
It is important for everyone to continue to follow the 3W's, even after you are vaccinated. Once you receive both doses of the vaccine, your chance of contracting the virus will be dramatically reduced. However, you may still be able to spread the virus to others. In addition, it takes time to build up full immunity. Although both currently approved vaccines are over 90% effective, it's very important to continue to take precautions so that you and those around you do not get sick.
Face Covering Safety
Per the CDC, cloth face coverings should not be worn by:
- young children younger than 2 years of age
- individuals who have trouble breathing, or are unconscious or incapacitated
- individuals who cannot remove the cover without assistance.
Face Covering/Mask Donation
Donations of fabric masks for residents of the City's senior living facilities would be welcome. Completed face coverings may be donated in the City's Payment Drop Box, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in the Hazel Street Parking Lot adjacent to City Hall, or left at the front entrance of City Hall during normal business hours.
If you would like to donate medical-grade masks for the City's first responders, please click here for more information.
Faith in Action
Faith in Action is providing a variety of services to elderly, chronically ill, and disabled adults at this time, including face covering delivery. Contact Faith in Action for more information.
Flyers & Information to Share
Help spread the word about wearing face coverings! The following informational handouts and flyers may be downloaded and reproduced.
CDC: Safely Wearing and Removing a Face Covering
City of Highland Park - Supplemental Order Requiring Face Coverings (Flyer)
IDPH: Cloth Face Coverings: Do's and Don'ts
CDC: Cloth Face Coverings: Do's and Don'ts
LCHD: Social Distancing (Social media graphic)
IDPH: Safe Distancing
IDPH: Preventing COVID
All In, Illinois: It Only Works If You Wear It (Shareable Graphics)
Face Coverings Available for Purchase from Local Businesses
Face coverings may be purchased from several local businesses. Please contact the businesses directly for pricing and details on how to order.
This list is subject to change and will be updated as information becomes available.
Craftwood Lumber & Hardware
Divine Nail Studio
Glamour Girlz Central
Jade & Renee
Lori’s Designer Shoes
Menoni & Mocogni
North Shore Salt Therapy Center
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