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Enjoy the playoffs in safety with these Blue Jackets face coverings

Social distance in style

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have once again qualified for the postseason, and if you’re anything like me this is a great excuse to buy more team gear. In this case, Fanatics is selling NHL team-branded face coverings. Not only do they look good and can help slow the spread of COVID-19, but the NHL is donating their share of the proceeds to charity.

Remember: in addition to practicing social distancing, when leaving the house it is a good idea to cover your face, especially at the grocery store and other places of business. Per Ohio’s coronavirus portal (a great resource for getting information about the disease):

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that Americans wear cloth face coverings (masks) in public to help slow the spread of COVID-19. This recommendation is being made based on studies that show a significant proportion of people with COVID-19 lack symptoms and can transmit the virus to others in close proximity, through speaking, coughing, sneezing or other means.

Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH, strongly recommends that Ohioans take the following actions:

Use coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and public parks.

Maintain 6-feet social distancing whenever possible, even if you are wearing a face covering.

DO NOT place cloth face coverings on children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

DO NOT use medical supply masks, which must be reserved for healthcare workers, first responders, and people who are known to be sick.


DO use coverings that fit snugly but comfortably and allow for breathing without restriction. Secure behind the head with ties or ear loops. Wear horizontally.

DO NOT touch the mask while wearing it. If you do, wash your hands immediately.

DO ensure that your nose, mouth, and chin are covered at all times.

DO NOT allow the mask to slip under your nose and DO NOT untie straps/unhook ear loops.

DO wash your hands before putting on and immediately after removing.

DO NOT touch your eyes, nose, or mouth when removing the face covering.

DO launder coverings after each use.

DO NOT wear when wet from laundering or from spit or mucus.

NOTE: The NHL will donate its royalties from the purchase by the vendor to Feeding America (for US sales) and Food Banks Canada (for Canadian sales). The face coverings will ship by July 9.