Face covering requirement now in effect

May 29, 2020

Is your face mask ready?

Starting today, as ordered by Gov. Ralph Northam, Virginians are required to wear face masks or other suitable coverings at indoor public places as a precaution against spreading the COVID-19 virus.

The governor issued an executive order Tuesday.

Coverings will be required at:

• Personal care and grooming businesses.

• Brick-and-mortar retail stores including grocery stores and pharmacies.

• Food and drink establishments.

• Entertainment and public amusement venues.

• Public transportation vehicles and stations.

• Governmental buildings and areas with public access.

• Any indoor space where people may be grouped within six feet of one another or for more than 10 minutes.

Exemptions will include when eating or drinking at a restaurant; while exercising; if you have a health condition that prevents wearing a mask; and for children younger than 10 years old.

However, the governor recommended that any child age three or older should wear a face covering in public.

Workers in most jobs will be required to wear masks.

The executive order will be enforced by the Virginia Department of Health and local health officials, not by law enforcement officers.