As guidance recently shifted in terms of wearing masks in public, many Coloradans and Boulder County residents have found themselves wondering where to find them.
Unlike many Asian countries, which have a “strong mask culture,” as Gov. Jared Polis pointed out during a Friday press conference, Americans have never taken to wearing them widely.
But some shops have switched over to providing non-medical masks in an attempt to fill a need that the United States, Colorado and Boulder County have during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Hidden Treasure 2, a Longmont crafts store located at 2330 Main St. Unit D, has switched over to providing masks free of charge, soliciting the help of volunteers who they provide fabrics to before collecting finished masks and distributing them to a waiting list of recipients.
Currently, its waiting list is around 2,000 masks and 200 to 250 people long. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, it’s still taking orders and volunteers. Those interested can call 720-340-9951.
In Broomfield, the sports gear maker Xtreme Pro Apparel has added antimicrobial masks to its selection during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Now. it’s human nature to go along with a trend, and as more people start to wear masks, others will follow,” said Polis during the Friday press conference. “Every person with a mask has an impact on reducing the viral spread and shortening this disruption.”
The governor also spoke Friday about making the masks “cool” and promoted different methods for making them at home.
The Colorado Mask Project, in partnership with Colorado government, has also outlined different methods for doing so. One method, involving rubber bands and a folded bandana, doesn’t even require sewing.
The method involves folding each side to the center of the bandana, before turning it over and repeating that step. Then rubberbands can be placed around the folded strip of bandana one-third of the way in, before folding each side horizontally into the center. The rubberbands act as ear straps.
A frequently-asked-questions document accompanying the governor’s announcement also stated that people “can repurpose a t-shirt, a dish towel, a bandana, or other fabric item into a mask that fits your face.”
For more information on different methods of making do-it-yourself masks, visit bit.ly/2UHrEVX.