Staying safe during the current pandemic is imperative. As the scientific and medical communities learn more about COVID-19, they put together best practices and recommendations to reduce transmission of the virus and keep people safe with personal hygiene products, including how to properly use face masks.
With restrictions easing in various places, your hotel may see an increase in the number of guests. To keep your employees and guests from getting sick, you may be wondering when and how to use face masks.
When to Use Face Masks
In general, it is recommended that individuals who exhibit signs of illness wear a face mask when they venture outside of their home. This includes coughing or sneezing. It’s also recommended that people who are caretakers for sick individuals wear masks to reduce the chances of being exposed to the virus.
However, it has been found that many people who are infected with COVID-19 are asymptomatic, which means that they don’t have any symptoms at all — they aren’t coughing or sneezing. Even so, they can still spread the virus to others. That’s why it’s recommended that everyone should wear a mask when venturing into public.
Since your hotel employees will be coming in contact with many different individuals, keeping them safe and reducing the chances of becoming infected or infecting others is in your best interest. With that goal in mind, it’s a good idea to have all of your employees wear masks when in your hotel.
How to Properly Use Face Masks
To ensure that the masks are keeping people safe, they need to be worn properly. Here are the steps to wearing face masks to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and other harmful germs.
Step 1: Wash Your Hands with Soap and Water
Before putting on your mask, you need to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This will kill any germs and prevent them from getting onto your mask and into your body.
Step 2: Check the Mask
You’ll want to examine the mask to make sure it doesn’t have defects, tears or holes. If it does, you’ll need to discard it and use another one.
Step 3: Put the Mask on Properly
When using a surgical mask, you’ll need to make sure that the blue side is facing away from your mouth. Avoid touching the surface of the mask, as this could lead to cross-contamination and increase your chances of getting sick.
If the mask has ear loops, you’ll want to use these to hold the mask, and then place these around each ear. Should the mask have ties, hold onto the top set and secure these around your head before tying the bottom straps.
After you have the mask in place, you’ll need to pinch the bendable top part of the mask and secure it around the bridge of your nose. Double check to make sure your nose and mouth are covered.
Step 4: Wash Your Hands
After putting on your mask, you’ll want to wash your hands once again. It’s also advised that throughout the day, you avoid touching your mask as much as possible. You might have touched a contaminated surface, and you don’t want to transfer any germs from your hands to your mask, as this could lead to infection.
It’s also a good idea to change your masks once they have become wet. Don’t re-use masks that are only supposed to be used once.
Supplying Masks for Your Employees
One of the best ways to encourage employees to wear masks is to supply them. At Mayfair Hotel Supply, we have both disposable face masks and KN95 masks along with other supplies that will keep your employees and guests safe. Check out the Reopening Resources we offer and find everything you need for your hotel!