SOUTH WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. - The coronavirus curve is starting to flatten in the Commonwealth, and at 8 p.m. Sunday Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine issued a mandate that customers going to essential businesses wear a mask.

The key is making sure the mask you are wearing is giving you as much protection as possible.

Levine says it is fine to wear a cloth mask, but when you put it on healthcare workers say make sure you get a secure fit around your nose and mouth.

"It's not pulling too much on my ears where it is falling off, it's not too tight against my nose where I am breathing it in when I breathe," said Lehigh Valley Health Network RN Sarah Rinker.

Once the mask is on, and business is done, taking off the mask is just as important because because the COVID -19 germs could be present. The first step is don't grab the front of the mask.

"If it is a behind the ear loop mask, you take it off and gently remove it from the face using the ear straps," Rinker said.

People shopping in Lehigh and Northampton counties have mixed reviews on the new mandate. Employees are checking shoppers to make sure they have a mask on, and customers say they get it.

"I think it's a good thing because if it can help just a little bit out here we can all be safer," said Scott Kurpit of South Whitehall Township.

Others don't see it as a way to protect against the coronavirus and say it will take some time to get used to.

"I've got yelled at about five times today, I've forgot every time I walk in," said Michael Rebner, also of South Whitehall Township.

Healthcare workers also stress making sure your hands are clean before putting on and after taking off the mask. Also, they say the mask should be washed each time after wearing it.

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