Masks or cloth face coverings will be required in public in Connecticut starting tonight in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus

Starting tonight at 8 p.m., face masks or cloth face coverings are required in public when close contact is unavoidable. The mask or cloth face cover must cover your nose and mouth.

Governor Ned Lamont signed the executive order last week to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

The governor’s recommendation is for cloth-face masks, not surgical masks or N95 respirators, said Josh Geballe, the state’s chief operating officer.

Experts say the main benefit of wearing a face covering is not that it really protects you from the coronavirus but that it protects others nearby in case you are sick. There are various tutorials on how you can make a cloth mask out of materials you probably have in your home.

If you do use a cloth face covering, it is important that you clean it between uses.

Riders in taxis, cars, ride-sharing services or public transportation must always wear a mask. In addition, anyone at a semi-enclosed transit stop or waiting area must wear a face covering.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the benefit of wearing a face mask is to protect others in case you are sick and when social distancing is difficult to maintain.

The original article can be found at