Equipment that service departments initially were using to keep employees and customers safe included gloves, steering wheel covers and plenty of disinfectant and sanitizing wipes. But it typically did not include face masks.
On April 3, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began recommending that people wear masks in public settings where it might be difficult to maintain social distancing measures. The CDC said simple cloth face coverings help slow the spread of the virus by preventing people who may have it from transmitting it to others. Surgical masks or N-95 respirators should be reserved for medical personnel, the CDC said.