Virginians required to wear face masks in public beginning Friday
Gov. Northam signed Executive Order Sixty-Three yesterday, which requires Virginians to wear face coverings in public indoor settings to help contain the spread of COVID-19.
Beginning this Friday, May 29, anyone age 10 or older must wear a face mask at personal care and grooming businesses, all brick and mortar retail stores, food and beverage establishments, government buildings, when using public transportation, or in “any indoor space shared by groups of people who may congregate within six feet of one another or who are in close proximity to each other for more than ten minutes.”
A face covering includes anything that covers your nose and mouth, such as a mask, scarf or bandana.
Exemptions to these guidelines include while eating and drinking at a food and beverage establishment; individuals who are exercising; a person seeking to communicate with a hearing-impaired person, for which the mouth needs to be visible; and anyone with a health condition that keeps them from wearing a face covering. Children over the age of two are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering to the extent possible.
Executive Order Sixty-Three will remain in place until amended or rescinded by a further executive order.
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