If you are planning on using your neck gaiter as a face covering (especially during the COVID-19 pandemic) the first thing you need to do is wash your hands before putting it on. Once you have clean hands, you can grab the gaiter with the front facing outwards and slide it over the top of your head and pull downwards until it is positioned around your neck. Avoid touching the front of the gaiter as much as you can while doing this.
Typically, a gaiter simply sits around your neck, keeping it nice and toasty. But when necessary, you can just pull it up to cover your chin, mouth, and nose to use as a mask – and then back down around your neck when you’ve returned to your car or your home. When pulling the gaiter up to cover your face, be sure to pull it up from the sides and avoid touching the front of it with your hands. There’s no need to tie fabric straps or slide elastic straps over the ears.
As with putting the gaiter on, when removing it start by washing your hands to avoid contaminating it. You will then want to grab the gaiter by the sides and pull upwards until you have removed it from your head. Once you have removed the gaiter, wash your hands once again and place it in a safe place where it cannot become exposed to germs or bacteria. See the section below for additional information on how to wash and care for your neck gaiter when you are not wearing it.