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Public Health Officials Urge Residents To Wear Masks and Social Distance

By Kevin Watler, Public Information Officer

June 08, 2020

Hillsborough County, Fla.— Entering Phase 2 does not mean residents should stop wearing cloth face coverings/masks and social distance (staying at least 6 feet away from other people) when in public. COVID-19 is still spreading in the community. Masks will slow the spread and help people who may have COVID-19 and do not know it from transmitting the virus to others.


  • Do not use a mask that looks damaged
  • Do not wear a loose mask
  • Do not wear the mask under the nose
  • Do not remove the mask where there are people with an arm length
  • Do not use a mask that is difficult to breathe through
  • Do not wear a dirty or wet mask
  • Do not share your mask with others


  • Clean your hands before touching the mask
  • Inspect the mask for damage or if dirty
  • Adjust the mask to your face without leaving gaps on the sides
  • Cover your mouth, nose, and chin
  • Avoid touching the mask after it is on
  • Clean your hands before removing the mask
  • Remove the mask by the straps behind the ears or head
  • Pull the mask away from your face
  • Store the mask in a clean plastic, resealable bag if it is not dirty or wet and you plan to re-use it
  • Remove the mask by the straps when taking it out of the bag
  • Wash the mask in soap or detergent, preferably with hot water, at least once a day
  • Clean your hands after removing the mask



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