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Distribution of Cloth Facial Coverings to Non-Healthcare Sector

Release date: 
April 28, 2020
Release Number: 
Fact Sheet

FEMA, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Cybersecurity Infrastructure and Security Agency (CISA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) along with other federal agencies, distribute cloth facial coverings as part of a multi-pronged approach to re-open American economic activity while continuing to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

A cloth facial covering distribution effort is underway to assist the demand for passenger air travelers, mass transit, and passenger rail passengers, as reopening efforts expand. Cloth facial coverings availability at airports, transit, and passenger rail locations is not guaranteed and passengers should follow existing guidance provided by airlines, airports, and transit agencies. Those with a demand for cloth face coverings should continue to pursue procurement through the open market, as not all requests for government assistance will be met. 

Processing and shipping of the first allocation of face coverings began on April 16. The federal delivery of facial coverings is being made in a phased approach for infrastructure workers, first responders, and food producers who do not need medical-grade personal protective equipment (PPE) for their daily work.  

  • Many of our infrastructure sectors must have access to facial coverings in order to protect their workers and to ensure critical services continue throughout our communities.
    • Distribution is based on CISA’s analysis of priority infrastructure sectors.
    • An initial allocation was made to identified priority infrastructure sectors including food production and distribution, energy, water and wastewater treatment, essential transportation and logistics, first responders, communications, hazardous materials management, manufacturing of medical supplies, and sanitation and disinfection supplies. Millions of coverings were shipped to over 7,000 addresses. 
    • An additional allocation of approximately 100 million coverings is being processed and delivered across the transportation, energy, dams, chemical and communication sectors. Follow-on allocations will be provided as needed, based on demand and availability of facial coverings.
  • State allocations included three proportioned allocations totaling more than 20 million coverings. Subsequently, those states requesting additional face coverings were provided them to meet their needs.
    • The cloth facial coverings are distributed to state and territorial Receipt, Store and Stage (RSS) sites or other designated locations as determined by state and territorial officials.
    • Cloth facial coverings requested from tribal officials are distributed directly to the tribes.
  • FEMA and HHS are processing more than 9.6 million cloth facial coverings that will be delivered to 458 mass transit agencies and Amtrak for personnel and riders.
  • FEMA and HHS are processing more than 86.7 million cloth facial coverings that will be delivered to 450 airports for personnel and passengers.
  • An allocation was offered to the state and national members of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) to assist in keeping their critical public-facing programs running; over 20 million additional coverings are being processed and shipped to NVOADs for this purpose.
  • FEMA and HHS are also providing face coverings to federal departments and agencies with mission essential functions to promote health and safety in the workplace and in their execution of public-facing missions. 
    • These facial coverings are not replacements for medical-grade PPE that many who work in these infrastructure areas already use. They are meant to supplement additional workforce in these areas who do not need medical-grade equipment. 

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*This Fact Sheet was updated on June 5, 2020

Last Updated: 
June 5, 2020 - 17:44