New York federal buildings require people to wear two masks to enter – and bandanas and gaiters are banned
- Federal courts in New York now require anyone entering to wear two masks
- Alternatively, people can wear a medical N95 or KN95 respirator face covering
- The CDC found wearing two masks blocks 92 per cent of particles
Federal buildings in New York will require people to wear two masks to enter, a new policy states.
Chief Judge Colleen McMahon outlined the harsh new Covid measures in a public memo released last week.
Anyone entering federal court in Manhattan, Westchester County and Dutchess county must follow strict protocols including doubling up on masks.
Federal buildings in New York will require people to wear two masks to enter according to a new policy. Pictured: Dr Anthony Fauci doubles up on his masks
People must also get their temperature checked and answer questions about their health during a screening on entry.
The policy states that people may either wear a tight-fitting disposable mask under a cloth mask or an FDA approved KN95 of N95 respirator mask.
Anyone wearing a gaiter, bandana or other material to cover their nose and mouth that is not an approved mask will be barred entry.
The federal memo also says that people who feel sick or has had any recent possible exposure to Covid-19 will not be allowed in to court buildings.
The policy says, according to Fox 5: ‘You are required to wear either: (i) one disposable mask underneath a cloth mask with the edges of the inner mask pushed against your face; or (ii) a properly fitted, FDA-authorized KN95 (or N95) mask.
‘Gaiters, bandannas, or masks with valves/vents are not acceptable face coverings. If you do not have the approved mask(s), a screener will provide one.
‘No one will be admitted without the proper mask(s).’
Wearing a thicker fabric mask over a surgical one may act like a double-filter and improve the fit of face coverings
Dr Anthony Fauci and President Joe Biden have often been seen wearing two masks but have so far resisted calls to make doubling up mandatory.
A number of recent studies have shown that wearing two masks is more effective in preventing the spread of the virus than one.
US health watchdogs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tested a number of different ways to wear masks.
They found that wearing one surgical mask and one cloth mask trapped and neutralized 92 per cent of particles leaving the mouth, while wearing just one surgical mask blocked only 42 per cent of particles.
Wearing a thicker fabric mask over a surgical one may act like a double-filter and improve the fit of face coverings.
In a separate study, University of California scientists found that double-masking may block more than 90 per cent of infectious particles.
A mask with two layers of tightly woven fabric fits the face better, so infectious particles are less likely to travel around the sides, either out or in.
N95 and KN95 masks were in short supply at the start of the pandemic and were reserved for healthcare workers.
They are now more widely available to consumers and are recommended as an alternative to double-masking.