Masks

‚ÄčIf You Are Unvaccinated, Wear a Mask

Masks are an additional step to help prevent people from getting and spreading COVID-19. They provide a barrier that keeps respiratory droplets from spreading. If you are unvaccinated, wear a mask and take every day preventive actions in public settings.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that unvaccinated people wear masks in public settings, at events and gatherings, and anywhere they will be around other people.  Masks are still required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.

For optimal protection, CDC recommends choosing a mask that fits snugly against your face, has at least two layers, and completely covers your nose and mouth. 

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Masks should:

  • Completely cover the nose and mouth
  • Fit snugly against the sides of the face and not have any gaps
  • Be handled only by the ear loops, cords, or head straps (not by the surface of the mask)

If you are unvaccinated, your mask should be worn:

  • Any time you are in a public setting
  • Any time you are traveling on a plane, bus, train, or other form of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations
  • When you are around people who do not live with you, including inside your home or inside someone else's home
  • Inside your home if someone you live with is sick with symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive for COVID-19

If you are fully vaccinated (2 weeks after the second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine): 

Masks should not be worn:

  • By a child under 2 years of age
  • By someone with a disability who cannot wear a mask, or cannot safely wear a mask, for reasons related to the disability
  • In a situation when wearing a mask would create a risk to workplace health, safety, or job duty as determined by the workplace risk assessment


For More Information

If you have asthma:

MDHHS: Have Asthma? You Can Wear a Face Mask!