The Wearing of Cloth Masks/Norte Buffs During this Pandemic

We recommend the fold and hook method for a Norte Buff as a mask.



The Center for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends “wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.” And, effective April 26 at 11:59 PM, section 15 (a) and (b) of Executive Order No. 2020-59 require that “Any individual able to medically tolerate a face covering must wear a covering over his or her nose and mouth…AND, (b) All businesses and operations whose workers perform in-person work must, at a minimum, provide non-medical grade face coverings to their workers.”

To stay safe and to stay active, responsibly, please be aware of the following regarding wearing a Norte Buff, a Norte Mask, or any cloth mask as a protective face gear during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

  • Continue to stay home except for essential travel. 
  • Cloth masks don’t replace the need for physical distancing
  • Frequently wash your hands for 20-seconds, with soap and water. 
  • Wash your hands before placing a clean mask on and after use. 
  • Place the mask over your mouth and nose. 
  • Wash or dispose of your cloth mask after use. 
  • Wash masks with soap and water or machine wash. 
  • When wearing any cloth mask, treat it like your face. Avoid touching it. 
  • There is a critical mask shortage, so please save the medical-grade masks for professionals and those who are symptomatic. 


Covering your mouth and nose with a mask, scarf, or buff is a reasonable response to the unprecedented time for the community. Masks help slow the spread of the virus, and with the new CDC recommendation, we expect masks to be an increasingly common sight. This is a positive sign that the community is taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously. 

CDC Guidelines: Using Cloth Masks and Homemade Masks

Wearing cloth masks doesn’t make you invincible; it merely lessens the chances for you to contract and spread the virus. Some people will be required to wear a mask while others will choose to wear them for their comfort. 


If you wear a Norte Buff or Norte Mask, please follow the proper guidelines. Once it is on, don’t touch it and wash your hands and the mask after you’re done. 

Be respectful and kind. We are in this together. Wash your hands.


NOTE: Norte Buffs are not medical-grade face masks and are not intended as effective measures to prevent disease, illness, or the spread of viruses. They are simply a light-weight cloth mask that can be worn in many different ways, including covering the entire front of the face, including the nose, mouth, chin, and neck.


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Stay Home. Stay Safe. Stay Active, Responsibly

When you do have to leave home, please follow these preventive measures for viruses like COVID-19, influenza, and the common cold recommended by public health officials.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not unavailable, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home and avoid contact with others.
  • Stay at least six feet away from others when in a public setting.
  • Replace handshakes and high-fives with a friendly wave from 6 feet away.

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