Senator John E. Brooks


Dear Friend,

Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed an executive order stating that all New Yorkers must wear a face covering when out in public and/or in situations when social distancing cannot be maintained. Examples include wearing face coverings in grocery stores, on public transit or even walking on a busy street.

We want to make sure you have all of the information you need to continue to be safe and healthy during this difficult time.

Here is how you can create a mask with just 4 simple steps:

- two 10"x6" pieces of cotton fabric (ex: T-shirt fabric)
- two pieces of elastic (rubber bands, hair ties)
- sewing machine
- needle and thread
- scissors

Step 1:
Stack the two pieces of fabric on each other. Sew the two pieces together around the perimeter.

Step 2:
Fold over the long sides ¼ inch and hem. Then fold the double layer of fabric over ½ inch along the short sides and stitch down.

Step 3:
Run a 6-inch length of elastic (1/8" wide) through the wider hem on each side of the mask using a large needle. Tie the ends tight.

Step 4:
Gently pull on the elastic so that the knots are tucked inside the hem. Adjust so the mask fits your face. Then securely stitch the elastic in place to keep it from slipping.

Don't have a sewing machine? That's okay too! Here is how you can create a mask without using a sewing machine:

We wish everyone safety and health during this difficult time. ​For any questions regarding COVID-19 resources and/or how to apply for an absentee ballot, do not hesitate to contact my office at (516) 882-0630.




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