Information on face coverings for COVID-19
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has issued a new mask advisory. This advisory is consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated guidance. Masks are still mandatory for all individuals on public and private transportation systems. These include:
- liveries and taxis
- the MBTA and commuter rail, and
- transportation stations.
Masks are also required in healthcare facilities and in other settings hosting vulnerable populations, such as congregate care settings. Check the state's website for the latest information on mask requirements.
Face covering basics
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, if it is a cloth covering, and
- allow for breathing without restriction.
Yes. A face covering can be a scarf, bandana or other cloth. For directions on how to make a cloth face covering at home, visit the Centers for Disease Control website. You can also watch the video tutorials section below.
Video Tutorials: Make your own mask
Simple mask tutorial
You can make a no-sew mask using a bandana and some elastics.
Do-it-yourself fabric mask tutorial
Boston artist and former Project Runway winner Erin Robertson shows you how to sew your own mask.
Gather Here face mask tutorial
Sewing studio and fabric shop Gather Here shows you how to sew your own mask.
Boomerang Bags Boston tutorial
Boomerang Bangs Boston gives a tutorial on hand-sewn masks.
Kelli Bos mask tutorial
Local artist Kelli Bos walks you through sewing your own cloth mask.