Face Coverings

Face Coverings

graphic of a face covering

New York City will continue distributing face coverings in parks, DOE Grab & Go meal sites, NYCHA buildings, some Mitchell-Lama buildings, grocery stores, and during social distancing enforcement.

COVID-19 Facts

  • People that have no symptoms can still spread COVID-19.
  • A face covering can help prevent COVID-19 from spreading.
  • A state order requires everyone to wear a face covering when outside their home if unable to maintain 6 feet of distance from others.
  • We strongly recommend wearing a face covering as much as possible when you are with other people in an indoor setting that is not your home, even if 6 feet of distance can be maintained.
  • Still practice physical distancing. Maintain 6 feet of distance from others.

What Is a Face Covering?

  • A well-secured paper or cloth that covers your nose and mouth.
  • Examples include: a bandana or scarf.

Care Instructions

  • Cloth face covering: Wash once a day by hand or machine using detergent. Wear only when dry.
  • Paper face covering: Reusable until it becomes damaged, dirty, or wet.

Frequently Asked Questions

The City of New York has prepared a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document for face coverings during the COVID-19 public health emergency.