Cloth Face Covering information

The Governor has issued a statewide face covering requirement for California which is effective immediately. Face coverings are required in public spaces (see guidance document linked). The California Department of Public Health has issued guidance on face coverings including all situations in which face coverings must be worn and also includes a list of exempt situations.
Starting June 18, Californians must wear face coverings in common and public indoor spaces and outdoors when distancing is not possible. Learn more about the guidance and limited exceptions on the California Department of Public Health website.
Face Coverings Must be worn in the following situations:
• When inside of any indoor public space or in line to enter one (unless exempted by state guidelines for specific public settings such as schools or childcare centers).

• When obtaining services from healthcare facilities including but not limited to hospitals, pharmacies, medical clinics, laboratories, physician or dental offices, veterinary clinics, or blood banks unless directed otherwise by an employee or healthcare provider.

• When waiting for, or riding on public transportation or paratransit or while in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle. Drivers operating any of these vehicles must also wear a face covering and are strongly encouraged to wear one even if there is no passenger present.

• While at work either at their workplace or off-site when they are interacting with any member of the public in-person, working in a space that is visited by members of the public regardless of whether anyone is actually present, working in a space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution, while in common areas, such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities.

• While in any room or enclosed area where other people who are not members of the individual’s own household or residence are present and they are unable to physically distance.

• While outdoors in public spaces where individuals are unable to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence.

Face coverings are exempt for the following individuals:

• Children two years of age or under due to the risk of suffocation.

• Individuals who have a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability where wearing a face covering can obstruct their breathing and those who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance.

• Individuals who are hearing impaired, or who communicate with an individual who is hearing impaired as the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.

• Individuals who would face a work-related injury by wearing a face covering, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.

• Individuals who are obtaining a service involving the nose or face where temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service.

• While eating or drinking at a restaurant or other establishment that offers food or beverage service. These individuals still must practice physical distancing of at least 6 ft from individuals who are not members of the same household or residence.

• Individuals who are engaged in outdoor work or recreation such as swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling, or running when alone or with household members and when they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet from others.

• Individuals who are incarcerated. Prisons and jails will have specific guidance on the wearing of face coverings or masks for both inmates and staff as part of their mitigation plans.

Link to Online PDF of Guidance Issued by California Department of Public Health:

Guidelines also available at:

Press Release 04/30/2020: 

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – To protect against COVID-19 and to help the county be able to reopen, Butte County Public Health Officer, Dr. Andy Miller strongly recommends the use of cloth face coverings for individuals who must leave their home to conduct essential activity.

“As local plans to reopen are established, along with information from the Governor and the State Health Department, wearing a cloth face covering will help our community in this process by limiting the spread of the virus and reinforcing social distancing,” stated Dr. Andy Miller.

We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.

Staying home, hand washing, not touching your face and physical distancing are still the best community and individual steps to limit and slow the transmission of COVID-19. The addition of a cloth face covering is a great way to protect yourself, your family and others around you. Use of a cloth face covering helps reduce the spread of COVID-19 and therefore, may help as the county looks to reopen.

Cloth Face Covering Safety Measures:

-Wash your hands before putting on a face covering
-Don’t touch your face or the face covering during usage
-Wash the face covering before using it again
-Face coverings are not a substitute for staying home or social distancing, especially when ill.
-The purchase of N95 respirator masks should be reserved for healthcare workers and first responders.

A cloth face covering is a material that covers the nose and mouth. It can be secured to the head with ties or straps or simply wrapped around the lower face. It can be made of a variety of materials, such as cotton, silk, or linen. A cloth face covering may be factory-made or sewn by hand, or can be improvised from household items such as scarfs, T-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels.

See full Press Release here: Butte County Health Officer Urges Face Coverings

Offering handmade masks to the community. Please DM @medspirehealth on Facebook, send an email to, or call: 833-633-7747 if you need a handmade mask.

Offering cotton and disposable face masks for sale. Available in quantities of 5, 10, 50 or 200.

To access the Fifth Sun online store, please use the following link:

Offering fabric face masks, DIY face mask kits, disposable and reusable face shields for sale. Also offering free DIY face mask instructions. 

To access the Idea Fab Lab online store or to view DIY face mask instructions, please use the following link:

Offering Butte County businesses, and their staff – either “single-use” facial masks , or “multi-use” cough masks. Please Note: number of single-use masks available to one business, will be based on (# of employees X 10). The multi-use cough masks will be available until supplies runs out. 

Masks for Butte County Businesses can be picked up at 80 E. 4th Street, Suite 120, Chico from 10 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday. 

For more information please call: 530-891-5556 or Email:

Offering disposable surgical masks and hand sanitizer to small businesses in Butte County at no cost. Link to Event Announcement:

Friday, July 24th, 2020 from 9am-12pm (noon)


Chico Municipal Airport, 150 Airpark Drive, Chico

Gridley Chamber of Commerce, 890 Hazel Street, Gridley 

Oroville Chamber of Commerce, 1789 Montgomery Street, Oroville

Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce, 6161 Clark Road, #1, Paradise

Masks Help Everyone Around You. Cloth face coverings can help slow the spread, including from people who may not know they have the virus.
Las mascarillas protegen a quienes te rodean. Las cubiertas de tela para la cara ayudan a frenar el contagio, también entre personas que desconocen que tienen el virus.