The Center for Disease Control now recommends that all individuals over the age of two wear masks when in public settings like grocery stores or pharmacies where social distancing can be challenging to maintain. Click here to read more about the updated recommendation and important information regarding the use of cloth masks. On Wednesday evening, during his nightly. press conference, Governor Lamont encouraged all Connecticut residents to follow the CDC’s most recent guideline. He also said there will most likely be an executive order coming within 48 hours reflecting this. So, it can be expected that tonight, Governor Lamont will issue this executive order.

 

In the meantime, if you’re scrambling to find cloth masks below you’ll find a list of local businesses and online retailers currently selling them, as well as information on how to make your own.

 

Local Businesses

Strength & Grace Boutique, Sandy Hook 
*Free delivery for any orders in Newtown & Sandy Hook

 

Newtown Apparel Co., Newtown, CT

 

Fernellie Creations, New Milford

 

Allegra & Luca, Lakeville CT
*Masks are made from leftover fabric by artisans. All costs go directly back to these artisans helping them to continue employment during this time. 

 

Shelala, Westport/Fairfield/New Canaan/Greenwich
*Orders will start shipping between 4/20 – 4/30

 

Online Retailers & National Brands

 

Amazon

 

Etsy

 

Peach
*5% of all April sales will be donated to No Kid Hungry. Face Masks are also being made out of up cycled left-over materials.

 

So many fashion brands, are switching gears and asking employees to sew masks. Many of these brands are also giving back a portion of sales. Click here and here for two articles listing some of those companies.

 

How to Make Your Own

There are so many videos circulating on the Internet on how to fashion your own masks out of stuff laying around your house. And of course, you can always create your own by using a bandana or a scarf. Here are some useful videos:

 

Surgeon General shows how to make a cloth mask out of a t-shirt & rubber bands

 

Making a mask out of a sock

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