COVID-19 Mask Guidance

COVID-19 Mask Guidance

Beginning on Friday, May 1, individuals will be required to wear a face-covering or a mask when in a public place where they can’t maintain a six-foot social distance. Face-coverings will be required in public indoor spaces, such as stores. This new requirement applies to all individuals over the age of two who are able to medically tolerate a face-covering or a mask. This guidance refers to cloth masks and face coverings. Medical-grade masks, such as surgical masks and N-95 respirators, are needed for frontline workers for their safety

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises the use of these masks to slow the spread of coronavirus and to help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. The Chicago Department of Public Health has also released updated guidance on face masks.

Masks do not take the place of social distancing and other protective measures such as washing your hands for 20 seconds. Combining all of these efforts is essential to keeping all of our community safe!

How to Properly Wear Masks

Per the CDC, cloth face coverings should:

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
  • be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use

When removing a mask, individuals should be careful to not touch their eyes, nose, and mouth. They should then wash their hands immediately after removing.

How to Make Masks

There are a variety of ways to make masks, both with and without sewing! Many can be made with materials lying around the house. Please see the below videos and graphics to find a mask that works for you. Unable to make a mask? Please see below for information on how to purchase a cloth mask, including a video from Alderman Cappleman.


How to Get Masks

If you would like a face mask and are able to purchase one, there are a variety of Chicago businesses that are making masks for sale at a range of prices. Some options include:

  • Lucky Tailor & Cleaners
    • Located at 4102 N. Sheridan, is offering 100% cotton cloth masks for $5 each. Their hours are 11am – 4pm, Monday – Friday and they can be reached at 773-975-7499.
  • Therese Burton, ward resident, is also selling hand sewn cotton masks with a pocket for a disposable filter and an adjustable nose wire. They are available with elastic or soft stretchy fabric ties. She is accepted orders of 1-10 masks at a time for $10 each. If you are interested, please text Therese at 773-206-8906.
  • Sew Special Designs
    • Located at 2921 Broadway, is offering reusable, washable cotton masks for $7 each. If you plan to stop by and pick up a mask, please contact Marco at 708-369-0174.
  • Dearborn Denim
  • The Douglas Center
  • RefugeeOne is selling masks for $10 each on their new mask portal, For larger group orders, please email
  • The Ruiz Family is selling face masks, and can also provide large and custom-made orders. Masks range in price from $4-7. If you are interested, please contact Karina at 708-369-0320 or at

If you would like a face mask and are unable to purchase one, please contact the 46th Ward Office for assistance at 773-878-4646 or by emailing 

We are so grateful to RefugeeOne for their donation of masks to members of the 46th Ward community! For those who would like to support RefugeeOne by sponsoring masks for the 46th Ward, your tax-deductible contribution can be made online directly to RefugeeOne and will help get masks to 46th Ward residents. The suggested donation is $4/mask. All funds collected will be used to provide income to RefugeeOne families sewing masks. Please note that your donation is for “46th Ward Masks” before checking out. Thank you!

If you would like to provide masks to fellow 46th Ward residents, please contact Kylie in the 46th Ward Office at