When to Wear a Mask Around The Bend
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One key to slowing the spread of coronavirus through our community is to wear a mask where social distancing isn’t possible. It’s a great way to protect each other and our region, plus it shows that we’re still all in this together.

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Please Wear Your Mask in Public

Gov. Eric Holcomb issued a statewide mask order July 27 that remains in effect. That means face coverings are required for anyone 8 years and older in all businesses, enclosed public spaces and outdoors where social distancing (six feet apart) can’t be maintained. This includes on public transportation. Here are some other things to know about the order:

  • Face coverings should be worn over the nose AND mouth.
  • People who can’t wear face coverings for health reasons are exempt.
  • Other exemptions include when eating, drinking or participating in strenuous physical activity.

CDC guidance says masks not only protect others but they can also protect you from contracting coronavirus.

MORE INFO: Read the Governor’s Executive Order

Coronavirus-Related Best Practices

Unfortunately, there is no vaccine or medication for coronavirus at this time. So, we need to stick to some basics for staying healthy with that in mind.

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Cover your mouth/nose when coughing and sneezing, preferably with your elbow.
    • Avoid handshakes.
    • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay at home when you are sick.