Face Coverings Now Required in San Mateo County

To All Students at Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College:

All people in San Mateo County must now wear a face covering anytime you are outside the home or at work. This is a legal order by the County of San Mateo. Please read these instructions and follow the legal order.

Read the San Mateo County announcement
Read the full text of the legal order

When/Where Do I Have to Wear a Mask?
The order requires everyone to wear face coverings when they are inside or in line to enter grocery stores, laundromats, hospitals, clinics, COVID-19 testing locations, dentists, veterinary clinics, and when they are waiting for or riding on public transportation, including ride shares, Caltrain, and BART. You are not required to wear a mask while jogging, biking, or exercising, but you should still carry a mask in case you come within six feet of another person.

What Type of Face Covering Is Required?
Face coverings can be any type of cloth, fabric, or other soft material that covers the nose and mouth and surrounding areas of the lower face. They can be factory-made or homemade. You can use many things as a face covering:

  • Scarves
  • Bandanas
  • Neck gaiters
  • Homemade coverings made from t-shirt material or other fabric and held with rubber bands 

You can use purchased masks, but do not purchase medical grade masks like N95 respirators, since those are in short supply and should only be used by healthcare workers.

How Can I Make a Mask?
Read these guides from the Centers for Disease Control for making, wearing, washing, and caring for face coverings:
Simplified Chinese

Watch these videos for easy ways to make your own mask:
U.S. Surgeon General How-to Video
ASL How-to Video

We want all our students to be healthy and safe. Please do your best to follow these new legal orders.

Thank you.