In order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Additionally, the State of Pennsylvania has put an order into place requiring the use of masks by both employees and customers of essential businesses.
Getting A Mask from SCCB
The Steel City Clown Brigade has been busy producing homemade cloth facemasks, for anyone in need. If you are interested in a mask, please fill out this Google Form with your contact information, preferred size, and a convenient pick-up time. We will get back to you to confirm the appointment: Order Here
Types of Face Masks
We have three kinds of masks to choose from.
Short Olson Style Mask
This mask will fully cover your face and nose. It reversible and has a pocket for a filter. It is shorter and rests on the chin to keep you cooler. A surgical style mask can be inserted into this mask. These masks also work well for people with beards.
Extended Olson Style Mask
This mask will cover under your chin and is reversible with a pocket to insert a filter into. A surgical style mask can be inserted into this mask.
Panier Style Mask
This is an elliptical style mask. They are modeled on the N95 mask. These masks can also be used as a cover to extend the life of N95 masks. These masks are also very good at accommodating ASL Communication Windows.
Custom Made Masks
We can make masks with nose bridges or a window for ASL use. We have made masks with straps around the back of the head or incorporated them into a bandana. If you need a custom made mask please email us with detailed instructions at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Washing and Care Instructions
These masks are made from 100% Cotton and have the same washing instructions as a T-shirt. Laying flat to dry will prolong the life of the elastic.
DonatingThe following items are currently in need, to produce masks:
- 100% Woven Cotton Fabric
- 1/8 and 1/4 inch Elastic for Sewing
- All-Purpose Thread
These items can be dropped off in the blue box on the
1902 S 18th St
Pittsburgh, PA, 15203
As always, cash donations are welcome. Visit this page for details: http://www.steelcityclownbrigade.org/2020/02/donating-on-line.html
- CDC information sheet on masks, including instructions on how to make your own cloth mask: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/DIY-cloth-face-covering-instructions.pdf
- Pennsylvania Department of Health guidance on homemade masks: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/Documents/Diseases%20and%20Conditions/Homemade%20Mask%20Guidance.pdf
- News story covering Pennsylvania masking requirements: https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/04/face-masks-are-now-mandatory-in-pa-weve-unpacked-the-order-requiring-everyone-to-wear-one.html