Health officials recommend wearing cloth face coverings to avoid unintentionally spreading the coronavirus to others. The state of Alabama requires face coverings when in public and in close contact with others through the end of August. The state order supersedes previously enacted local requirements in Decatur, Montgomery, Madison County, Tuscaloosa, Mobile, Greene County, Selma and Jefferson County. The local mandates could be reactivated when the state mandate ends.
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Some options to consider for you, your staff and your customers:
U.S. surgeon general demonstrates how anyone can make a mask
- Materials needed: Scarf, bandanna or old T-shirt and two rubber bands
Plus Sew and No Sew Instructions
Centers for Disease Control tutorials
- Materials needed: Cotton fabric, elastic or rubber bands, string, cloth strips or hair ties
Bandanna, rubber bands or hair ties, scissors
MAKE IT COOL TO SHOP SAFE AND WEAR A CLOTH MASK
“As a family business, we knew we had to commit ourselves to protecting the health of our family, which includes my children, our employees and our customers,” said Donna Young, owner of Behind the Glass in downtown Auburn. “When it came time to decide about masks, it really was an easy decision to require everyone entering our store to wear them.”
“We are giving masks to all customers,” said Donna. Behind the Glass is providing reusable or disposable face coverings “as well as cuter ones that we are making,” said Donna, one of the many small retailers in Alabama “trying to make the wearing of masks both fun and socially acceptable.“
“Our customers have been so cooperative in our push to keep everyone safe, and for that we are very thankful,” she said. “We are so thrilled that over 99.9% of our customers have been totally fine wearing masks!”
FDA GUIDANCE FOR FOOD RETAIL SETTINGS
For food production, processing and retail settings, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has further guidance for those who do not typically wear masks as part of their jobs. The FDA says to consider the following if your employees use a cloth face covering:
- Maintain face coverings that match parameters in the FDA’s Model Food Code sections 4-801.11 Clean Linens and 4.802.11 Specifications.
- Launder reusable face coverings before each daily use.
ASK OTHERS IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Area seamstresses, tailors and local businesses are also making and selling face coverings. Reach out to your neighbors to find local sources for handmade face coverings.
RESOURCE FOR FACE COVERINGS AND MORE
The Reopen Alabama Resource Guide database contains four categories of resources: PPE supplies, cleaning and disinfecting, other supplies as well as services and solutions. The database helps Alabama businesses locate and acquire the supplies needed to open safely, protect their customers and employees and adhere to public health guidelines.
CDC INFO ABOUT FACE COVERINGS (Download poster from link)
Originally posted 10:36 a.m. April 23; Last updated noon July 29.