Face Masks and Coverings

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COVID-19: Wear a Mask

Wearing a mask helps stop the spread of COVID-19—science says so!

Protect your loved ones, neighbors, and fellow Wisconsinites by wearing a mask. Science shows that wearing a mask over your nose and mouth can help prevent transmission of the respiratory droplets and aerosols that spread COVID-19. Wearing a mask is one way to protect others, as well as yourself.

Have more questions about wearing a mask? Visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Commonly Asked Mask Questions to learn more!

When should I wear a mask?

  • Indoor spaces when you are not at home.
  • Enclosed spaces such as outdoor restaurants or bars, public transportation, and ride-shares.

When do I not need to wear a mask?

  • Inside your home around your household members.
  • Outdoors where it is possible to maintain 6 feet of distance from others. For outdoor activities that are independent or only with members of your household, masks may not be needed. If it is not possible to maintain 6 feet of distance from others, or you plan to attend a gathering (even one where physical distancing is planned), a mask is recommended.

We understand that not everyone can wear a face mask for medical or safety reasons. People who can wear a mask should do so to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The way your mask fits is important.

Gaps in your face mask can let air with respiratory droplets and aerosols leak in and out around the edges of the mask. Your mask should fit snuggly against your face and have at least two layers of material. You can check for gaps by feeling for air flow around the top, side, or bottom of your mask.

Improve the way your mask fits and functions by:

  • Choosing a mask with a nose wire and fit it around you face. This prevents air from coming out the top of your mask.
  • Adding layers of material by choosing a cloth mask with multiple layers of fabric, or by wearing a disposable mask underneath a cloth mask. This can help your mask fit more snuggly.