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Got a mask? Daily Announcements for Friday, April 3rd.

Updated: Apr 4


Neighbors,

Are you tuning in to Governor Scott's Press Conferences?

Today the some of the conference focused on face masks and recreation. I'm providing some bullet points here. To watch the conference yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5M47lYewaw&fbclid=IwAR2nYyBr1cQQEMlRA4dfxSo62gcgOE5FSaGjs9R_HLx6g19w9ozoeoJGUtU


-ALL Vermonters are being asked to wear a face mask in public. This is NOT a substitute for staying home OR an excuse to gather with other people. Social distancing and proper, frequent hand washing are still our most important defense against the spread of COVID-19.


You can make your own mask at home. Obviously, I'm not an expert, nor can any of us guarantee the effectiveness of any homemade mask. But, there are many online resources for creating your own masks at home.


Here are some suggestions and patterns. I selected these particular links because they each have a unique approach. Check them out and make a decision for yourself. The internet teeming with patterns and ideas!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6d3twpHwis

https://www.nytimes.com/article/how-to-make-face-mask-coronavirus.html

https://www.popsci.com/story/diy/make-diy-face-masks/

https://www.businessinsider.com/homemade-mask-using-hydro-knit-shop-towel-filters-better-2020-4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmR2P4-b2Uc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8OyV15ua24


According to an NBC story regarding homemade fabric masks:

"The best masks were constructed of two layers of heavyweight "quilters cotton" with a thread count of at least 180, and had thicker and tighter weave. Lesser quality fabrics also worked well, as long as they had an internal layer of flannel."


Other important reminders from the Press Conference:


-The weather is getting nicer, but stay close to home if you're venturing outside!


-If you are out and about for exercise and discover there are other people in the location you chose, turn around!


-Skip the risk! Choose low risk activities. Preventing unnecessary accidents and injuries is more important than ever before as we work to not overwhelm hospitals.


Visit The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation for up-to-date information about safe recreation and updates: https://vtstateparks.blogspot.com/2020/03/vermont-state-parks-covid-19-updates.html


Be safe friends, we're still in this together.

-SJ

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