Face coverings

Wear a face cover

Due to the rise of COVID-19 cases throughout Washington, a statewide face cover mandate is now in effect and requires the use of face coverings in public for everyone over the age of 5, unless someone has a medical condition that makes it unsafe for them to wear one. Click here to learn more.

Wearing a face cover in public helps prevent the spread of illness and saves lives by preventing the spread of illness from people who are pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic. Please help keep those around you safe and wear a face covering when in public, both indoor and outdoors (where you can’t stay 6 feet away from others).  Remember: face covers should be worn in addition to practicing other health and safety measures including keeping a safe distance from others and washing your hands often.

How to properly wear a face cover

  • Wash your hands before putting on your face cover
  • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
  • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
  • Make sure you can breathe easily
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Avoid touching your cover and face (wash your hands if you do)
  • Continue to maintain at least 6 feet of distance with others as much as possible
  • Wash your face cover after every use
  • For safety reasons, children under the age of 2 should not wear a cloth cover

Learn more about face covers


Click the tabs below to learn more about making, caring for and donating cloth face covers.

  1. Making a face cover
  2. Caring for a face cover
  3. Donating a face cover

Making a face cover

Cloth face covers can be simple and inexpensive. Face covers can be made from any tightly woven, breathable and washable material. easy alternatives include a scarf or a couple of layers of any breathable, washable fabric. They should fit over the area from the bridge of the nose to the chin, and from one cheek (past the corner of the mouth) to the other, with no gaps when the person moves or speaks. 

Check out these resources to learn how to make cloth face covers:

Make face coverings for your household, then check with your neighbors. Many don’t have the equipment, supplies or knowledge to make a face covering. Lastly, we encourage you to make face coverings for the Everett and Snohomish County community.  You can help meet needs during this crisis in very tangible ways. See the "donating a face cover" tab to learn more.

Donation & distribution sites:

Everett Emergency Management continues to collect and distribute face covers thanks to the generous donations and excellent sewing skills of community members.  

  • Everett Emergency Management’s face cover donation and distribution sites are closed at this time. Check back here for future dates.
  • Donation/distribution is available at the Volunteers of America Food Bank, 1230 Broadway, during their regular business hours.
Drive thru face cover donation site