Face Coverings & Physical Distancing

Wearing cloth face coverings that covers your nose and mouth and keeping a safe distance, 6 feet or more, from others are two ways to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Executive Order 63 requires Virginians to wear face coverings in public indoor settings to help contain the spread of COVID-19. A face covering includes anything that covers your nose and mouth, such as a mask, scarf, or bandana.

Who must wear a face covering?

Anyone aged five and over is required to wear a face covering inside certain public places. It is strongly recommended that children older than two wear face coverings. Children aged two and under should never wear a face covering. A person who has trouble breathing, who cannot secure or remove the face covering without assistance, or who has a medical condition limiting the use of face coverings should not wear a face covering.


Where am I required to wear a face covering?

Face coverings must be worn in the following locations:

  • Inside essential and non-essential brick and mortar retails establishments
  • Inside personal care and personal grooming establishments
  • Inside places where people congregate, including places of worship, waiting rooms, and libraries
  • Inside food and beverage establishments, except when eating or drinking
  • When utilizing public transportation, as well as when in any waiting or congregating areas associated with boarding public transportation 
  • When accessing state or local government services
  • All employment settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained for more than 10 minutes

Do I need to wear a face covering outdoors?

In outdoor areas where you are not able to maintain six feet of physical distancing between yourself and others, it is strongly recommended that you wear a face covering. You should strive at all times to maintain six feet of physical distancing from others outside of your household.

  1. Cloth Face Coverings
  2. Physical Distancing

What is the Purpose of a Face Covering?

A cloth face covering can help prevent individuals who do not know they are carrying COVID-19 from transmitting the virus to others. The cloth is intended to catch droplets from your nose and mouth that may be projected when you talk, sneeze, cough and breathe. By limiting the potential of these droplets from landing on others and on surfaces, you can reduce the spread of the coronavirus and other germs even when you do not have symptoms .Learn more on the CDC Cloth Face Covering FAQs.

It is important to understand that cloth face coverings do not prevent you from becoming infected with coronavirus. The best ways to protect yourself are practicing physical distancing, washing your hands and the other prevention measures prescribed by the CDC.

How to Wear a Cloth Face Covering

  • Wear a cloth face covering to cover your nose and mouth. 
  • Use simple cloth face coverings made at home from common materials at low cost. Get instructions on how to make your own face covering.
  • Save surgical masks or N-95 respirators for healthcare workers and other first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.


Follow these tips for wearing and caring for cloth face coverings:

  • Make sure there are no gaps around your nose and mouth.
  • Wash your hands before putting on a face covering.
  • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing your face covering.
  • Wash your hands immediately after removing the covering.
  • Do not place face coverings on children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • Routinely wash face coverings. According to CDC, a washing machine properly washes a cloth face covering.

County Government Facilities

  • Effective Friday, May 29, 2020 face coverings are required in all county facilities. 

How to Make Your Own Cloth Face Covering

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