Face Coverings & Masks

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies). CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. 

While staying home, social distancing, and strict hand hygiene are still preferred methods for preventing further spread of COVID-19, facemasks are one more tool that may be used by the general public and essential workers to protect each other from respiratory droplets produced when we cough, sneeze, or talk. 

Please note that surgical masks and N95 respirators are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders. Instead, you can make your own face covering/mask or support a Northbrook business by purchasing one. 


Northbrook Businesses Selling Non-Surgical Masks

  1. John’s Tailor Shop - Men, women, and child-sized cloth face covers ($10 each and comes in assorted patterns) for curbside pickup (300 Skokie Boulevard) or shipping available. Call 847-272-2226, email JTSLLC19@yahoo.com, or visit the store’s Facebook page
  2. La De Da - Adult and child-sized cloth face covers ($10-15 each and comes in assorted patterns) for curbside pickup (1957 Cherry Lane). Free local delivery or shipping available. Call 847-562-1170 or visit the store’s Facebook page or Instagram at @ladedanorthbrook.
  3. Lisa’s Boutique - Orders can be placed for adult-sized cloth face covers ($8 and comes in assorted patterns) for curbside pickup (4173 Dundee Road at Sanders Crossing) or delivery ($6 shipping fee). Orders take 7-10 days to complete; to order, text 847-927-5472 or visit the store’s Facebook page.
  4. Payton Rose - Contact the store at 847-498-7673. Visit their website and Facebook page.
  5. SHIMS DESIGN - Organic cotton masks for children 3-5 years old and children 5-12 years old for $16 each. Organic cotton masks for adults & youth (large in white and medium in black) for $12 each. Masks are expected to ship/deliver by May 15. Visit www.shims.design for more details and product listings. Contact the business by email at nyshim@shims.design or by phone at 847-579-9040.
  6. Such a Deal & Duo Boutique - Adult and child-sized cloth face covers for sale ($12 each with free local delivery) located at 300 Skokie Boulevard. A portion of each sale will be used to send food to NorthShore Glenbrook Hospital medical staff. Call or text 847-917-0255 or visit the store on Facebook or Instagram at @suchadeal.

Are you a Northbrook business selling non-surgical masks? Let us know the details here.

Mask and Face Coverings FAQs

I got my masks from the Village's distribution event. What kind of masks are they and how do I care for them?

These masks are non-surgical, reusable, cloth masks. They are made of 3-ply cotton with cotton spandex ear loops and are machine washable (do not heat dry). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends washing masks after each use (or if soiled) in your washing machine with laundry detergent.  BI2728 Face Mask

How do I wear my mask? How do I take off my mask safely?

Masks should fully cover your nose and mouth. It should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face and be secured with ties or ear loops. Refrain from touching your face covering while out.

Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing face coverings, and wash your hands immediately after removing.

When should face coverings be worn?

By Order of the Village President, face coverings are required for persons over the age of five when working in or patronizing essential businesses and operations that are open to the public or when employees have contact with the public; engaging in essential activities such as shopping for necessary supplies and services, seeking medical supplies or medication, or visiting a health care professional; and riding in public transportation, taxis, or ride share vehicles. See an FAQ on requirements for businesses

On May 1, Governor Pritzker’s Stay-At-Home Order extension requires face coverings for persons over the age of two who are able to medically tolerate a face covering or a mask.

Are there alternative options for face coverings?

Mask alternatives include scarves and bandanas. You can also make your own face covering/mask or support a Northbrook business by purchasing one. Please note that surgical masks and N95 respirators are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.

President Frum Issues New Supplemental Order Requiring Face Coverings

Update: On May 1, Governor Pritzker’s Stay-At-Home Order extension requires face coverings for persons over the age of two who are able to medically tolerate a face covering or a mask.


Following the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Village President Frum has issued a new Supplemental Order requiring face coverings for persons over the age of five when performing essential activities, effective Monday, April 20. The Order states the following:

  1. All persons over the age of five are required to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth made of cloth or other material while: 
    • Working in or patronizing essential businesses and operations that are open to the public or when employees have contact with the public. 
    • Engaging in essential activities such as shopping for necessary supplies and services, seeking medical supplies or medication, or visiting a health care professional.
    • Riding in public transportation, taxis, or ride share vehicles.
  2. A business owner or operator may refuse admission or service to any individual who fails to wear a face covering as required by this Supplemental Order.
  3. Exceptions:
    • When a person is engaged in outdoor activity and permissible outdoor physical activity, as defined in Governor Pritzker’s Stay at Home Order (such as walking, hiking, running, or biking), and as further restricted by the April 2, 2020 Supplemental Order Regarding Contact Sports and Group Recreation, while at the same time practicing social distancing of at least six feet from others.
    • When riding in a personal vehicle.
    • When a person is alone or with members of a household or residence in a private space that is not open to the general public. 
    • When doing so poses a greater health, safety, or security risk to the person or to the public.
  4. Appropriate face coverings include non-medical grade masks, homemade masks, scarves, bandanas, or handkerchiefs. 
  5. Medical-grade masks and N95 respirators are not recommended for general public use under this Supplemental Order, and should be reserved for use by health care and medical providers and first responders.

Read the full Order here. This Order is pursuant to the Village’s Declaration of Emergency issued on March 26 and in addition to the Supplemental Order issued by President Frum on April 2.

Compliance with the Order

If you witness someone violating this Order in an essential business, please contact the business owner or manager. To focus on emergency needs, our Police Department may not respond to every reported violation of this Order in person. Our Officers will also contact business owners by phone when there is a reported violation. 

If you are an essential business, the Village has created posters you can download, print, and display with information on this Order. For more information, read the Village’s FAQ on face covering requirements for businesses.