We've complied a curated list of resources detailed below to help you restart, whether you're a government agency, business or individual including Guidelines, Toolkits, and PPE sources. You can read an overview of the work done by Restart Partners to understand the PPE supply chain and to help our clients with PPE demand models.

It’s very important for people of all ages to wear masks. If you are in a high-risk population or you’re around family members or others who are in a high-risk group or if you breathe (seriously), you should wear a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Below is a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) that provides links to educational information about the COVID-19 pandemic and why it’s important for all of us to wear masks so we can empower communities to safely restart their lives and livelihoods by working together.



1. What steps can I take to reduce the spread of COVID-19?

  • Social Distancing - It’s safest to stay at home. If you need to go out, please maintain 6 feet of distance between you and people who are not members of your household.
  • Mask up - Whenever you go into public or interact with someone outside of your household you should wear a mask.
  • Hand Washing - Washing your hands for 20 seconds with plain soap is the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses like the flu.

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2. Who should wear a mask?

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all people ages 2 and older wear a mask when in public or when interacting with someone who does not live in your household. Some medical conditions complicate or limit the use of a mask so please consult a medical provider if you are concerned.

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3. Who benefits from wearing a mask?

Everyone. Mask wearing has been shown to greatly decrease the likelihood of transmission of COVID-19 and a reduction in symptoms. Mask wearing better protects you in addition to your family, friends, and neighbors.

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4. Which mask should I wear?      

Determining which mask is right for you is dependent on a variety of factors, therefore we recommend visiting the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website or a medical provider for more specific information. Often, the best mask is one that is comfortable and that you are going to wear consistently.

Exhalation Valved or vented masks: The CDC does not recommend the usage of these masks because they can allow respiratory droplets to reach others.

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5. How do I wear my mask?

Mask should be put on using clean hands. They should fit over the nose, mouth, and chin and be secured to the face with minimal gaps. Do not touch the mask until ready to remove it. When removing, touch only the ties or fasteners of the mask and then place in a wash bin or dispose of a single-use mask. Wash hands when finished.

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6. How do I wash my mask?

Washing Machine: You can include your cloth masks in your normal laundry. Wash and dry on the warmest appropriate setting for your fabric.

Hand Washing: Prepare a bleach solution, see CDC Guidelines for instructions. Soak mask in the solution for 5 minutes. Wash thoroughly with cool or room temperature water. Let dry preferably in direct sunlight. Do not wear a mask until it has completely dried.

Disposable Masks cannot be laundered and should be discarded once they show damage or have tears.

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7. Should I get tested for COVID-19?

You should get tested for COVID-19 if any of the following has happened to you:

  • If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If you have recently been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • You have been asked to get tested or referred to testing by a medical provider.

According to the CDC, the following symptoms can appear within 2-14 days after exposure. This list is not exhaustive and you should consult a medical professional if you are concerned about your health.

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

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8. How and where do I get tested?

You can find a testing location in your community through your state and local health departments. Contact your health department for more information on how and where to get tested. You may also be able to be referred for testing by your usual medical provider.

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9. What do I do if I tested positive? If someone in my household tests positive?

Follow the advice of your medical provider and isolate yourself from others for at least 14 days. Please see the CDC Guidelines for What to do if you are sick.

What do I do if I test negative?

A negative test means you were unlikely to be infected at the time of your test. You should continue to protect yourself from further infection.

These experiences are not easy. The fear, anxiety, and sense of loss compounded by social isolation can be overwhelming. You must take care of your mental and emotional health as well as your physical health during these times.

Resources for coping with stress, grief, or loss:

10. Where can I get a mask if I can’t afford one?

See our list of PPE partners who are working to ensure folks have access to protective equipment. If you are unable to get to these organizations learn how to make your own mask.


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    State of Washington

    Washington State Reopening Guidance for Businesses and Workers

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    The Greater Des Moines Partnership (DSM)

    Playbooks devoted to helping businesses and industries prepare for next steps related to economic recovery

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    Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber

    Playbook for Reopening Your Business Pierce County, WA

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    Seattle Chamber

    Playbook for Reopening Your Business King County, WA

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    U.S. Chamber of Commerce

    Playbook for Your Small Business US Commerce


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    Association of Washington Business (AWB)

    Toolkit for Small to Medium Businesses

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    Back to Work Toolkit

    Toolkit for Medium to Large Businesses


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    Official Black Wall Street

    Black-owned brands selling face masks

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    Latina businesses selling masks

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    Heritage Distilling Co.

    Collaboration with Chehalis Tribe to make hand sanitizer

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    SMJ Studio

    Seattle woman-owned business selling cloth masks

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    Simply Seattle

    Seattle business offering free masks while supplies last

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    Wyze Lab

    Washington business selling mask and thermometer at reasonable prices

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    Will donate a mask with every purchase

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    Association of Washington Business

    Washington businesses selling PPE

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    Seattle Protects

    Cloth masks marketplace featuring Seattle businesses


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