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Masks On at BYUH
Keeping our ohana safe.

Do I need a mask?

Yes. As of Monday, April 20, 2020, all people on Oahu are mandated by Mayor Kirk Caldwell to wear a non-medical mask or facial covering when entering an essential business or interacting with essential workers. This also applies to the use of public transportation. For example, when you go grocery shopping you will need to wear a non-medical mask while you shop and check out.

Fines for ignoring this mandate are similar to other misdemeanors under the current Coronavirus outbreak orders. A judge could impose a maximum penalty of a year in jail, a fine of up to $5,000, or both. The purpose of asking our community to wear masks is to slow the spread of the virus and to help those who may already have it and not know it from spreading it to others.

Non-medical masks can be things like homemade cloth masks, scarves, or bandannas. Surgical masks and N95 respirators, which are in short supply worldwide, should be reserved for medical use.

For more information on the usefulness of cloth masks, see the CDC's Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission.

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    How To Make Your Own

    How To Make Your Own

    We encourage all BYUH students and staff to make their own masks for personal use. There are many ways to make your own cloth mask based on your skill level and the materials you have on hand.


    At a minimum, you will need

    • Cotton cloth (like from an old t-shirt)
    • Scissors

    Sewing Machine Methods

    Providence Medical Group has put together a great tutorial for making masks with a sewing machine. They include PDF instructions as well as helpful videos, which can be found on their 100 Million Masks page.

    Hand-Sewing and No-Sew Methods

    The CDC has published three different styles of masks that can be made using a hand-sewing kit or without any sewing tools at all. If you have an old t-shirt or a bandanna, you can make your own mask.

    For help on another no-sew method, see Kauai's Mayor Kawakami making his own no-sew mask.

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    How To Clean Your Mask

    How To Clean Your Mask

    Please sterilize your mask after every use!

    The CDC suggests that the best way to clean a cloth mask is to simply wash it in a washing machine on HOT, then hang to dry. If you do not have access to a washing machine you can hand wash it with soap and water, scrubbing for at least 20 seconds, or soak it for five minutes in a mixture of 1/3 cup of bleach per gallon of water. Rinse and hang to dry.

    You may also steam your cloth mask in the microwave (for two minutes) or in an oven (for 15 minutes). Watch this video from the University of Utah for instructions.

For BYU–Hawaii departments and students.