Coronavirus: Where to buy masks, face coverings to protect yourself and others in public

A look at some face masks used during the coronaovirus pandemic

Kelli Coleman dons her Newfoundland dog rescue mask in Richmond Heights on April 18, 2020. Ohio recommends people going out in public wear masks or face coverings to slow the spread of the coronavirus.John Kuntz, cleveland.com

AKRON, Ohio – Although face masks are required only for employees, Ohio is still strongly recommending that customers visiting businesses or anyone going out in public wear some sort of protective face covering to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had previously only advised Americans to wear a face mask in public if they were sick, but revised those guidelines to include everyone to prevent the transmission of the virus from asymptomatic carriers. Ohio Director of Health Dr. Amy Acton said earlier this month that Ohioans may need to wear masks for the next year in order to bring an end to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cleveland.com has tutorials on how to make a mask with a sewing machine, and without a sewing machine. If you’re looking for a sewing machine, consider this retailer.

There’s also a wide selection of masks and other face coverings available to purchase online.

Cloth face masks (ski masks, balaclavas): Amazon has inexpensive balaclavas that come in a variety of colors. There are different kinds of masks available at Dick’s Sporting Goods, ranging from about $8 to $60, with standard cloth masks available for $16 each or $80 for a pack of five. You can also find them at Backcountry and more on Amazon.

Show your team spirit: Fanatics is selling NFL, NBA, NHL and WNBA-branded face coverings, with 100% of licensing proceeds going to two charities: Feeding America in the U.S. and Second Harvest in Canada. They cost $14.99 (or $24.99 for a Cavaliers 3-pack) and come in all 30 NBA and 12 WNBA teams. Here is the single Cavs scarf for $13.

Fanatics also has a single Browns mask for $14.99 and a 3-pack of Browns masks for $24.99, and FOCO is selling masks for the Indians and Ohio State Buckeyes, for $13 each.

If you’re a Blue Jackets/NHL fan, there are Blue Jackets masks ($24.99 for a 3-pack), as well as masks for all 31 National Hockey League teams.

Shop local: Cleveland-area businesses are selling masks, including Yellowcake Shop, Cool Critters, sports-themed masks from SupportTheLandMasks.com and Ilthy, which has “Cleveland Against The World” masks.

Bandanas: Find a variety of styles from Amazon, Urban Outfitters, Claire’s and Fanatics.

Scarves and neck warmers: Also available on Amazon, Kohl’s, Claire’s and Fanatics.