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Do I still need to stay at least 6 feet away from people if wearing a cloth face covering?

Do I still need to stay at least 6 feet away from people if wearing a cloth face covering?

Yes. Wearing a cloth face covering is just a part of your overall protection plan to keep you and others from spreading and getting COVID-19. That plan includes:

Social distancing, or staying at least 6 feet away from other people
Frequent hand washing with soap and water for 20 seconds
Not touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
Staying home when you are sick
Covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue
Disinfecting high-touch surfaces often, such as buttons, handles, and knobs
Wearing cloth face coverings is an additional public health measure people should take to reduce the spread of COVID-19, not the only measure.

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