Why Masks?

To our valued customers,

We are happy to let you know our store is open and we are adjusting to the new normal. We ask that you wear face masks and we are limiting our store to 5 customers at a time.

Studies show that if we continue to practice the simple guidelines of washing our hands and wearing face masks we can help prevent COVID-19 from spreading and can move forward with our lives. A New York Times (What Will College Be Like in the Fall?) published last week stated if the next rising classes of college students practiced these safety tips 60% of the time the risk of contracting Covid-19 would drop to less than 1%.

Since developing our cloth face covering, I have been obsessing about every mask I see worn in public, on TV, in newspapers, newly branded, at half mast and those who simply disregard it as insignificant.

A public service notice in Medium from the Washington State Department of Health outlines steps we should follow and I am in FULL agreement. We will continue to sell our cloth face coverings as long as they are needed and non-profits in our community are benefitting from these sales. It’s all good.

DO cover your face with a couple layers of cloth while in public places.

DO wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before you put your mask on and after you take it off.

DO wash your cloth face covering in a washing machine after a day’s use.

DO take a cloth face covering with you if you are hiking or visiting a park. Although you do not need to wear one outside, you may find that you need to come within 6 feet of someone else on a trail. At that point, put your cloth face covering on, say hello, and carry on.

DO make sure the cloth face covering covers both your MOUTH and NOSE.

DON’T wear surgical-grade masks or N95 respirators. We need to reserve those for health care and other frontline workers.

DON’T think that wearing cloth face masks means we can gather in large groups of people.

DON’T think that wearing a cloth face mask makes it safe to come within six feet of other people. At best, a cloth face covering is just one added level of precaution. It doesn’t really help unless we are also washing our hands, staying home when we are sick, and practicing physical distancing.

DON’T wear a cloth face covering while exercising outdoors. It’s not dangerous, just annoying and not necessary.

DON’T put a cloth face covering on a child under age 2 or on a person with a disability that keeps them from being able to remove it.

DON’T touch your cloth face covering after you put it on. Try not to touch your face at all.

DON’T worry that a cloth face covering might restrict your oxygen. It’s not airtight. If you ever feel like you’re having trouble breathing, remove the cloth face covering and sit down. If the feeling persists, call 911.

Practice compassion. Remember, wearing a cloth face covering is an act of compassion. We cover our faces to protect others. There is no public health reason to wear a cloth face covering if you are alone in your car, in your own home, or around members of your own household. (Unless you just want to because it’s comfortable and looks awesome. That’s cool.)

Thank you for your continued support and we hope to see you in our store soon,

Jill + team

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