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Guidance on the Use of Masks by the General Public
Anastasia Tuskey
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Guidance on the Use of Masks by the General Public

While staying home, social distancing, and strict hand hygiene are still preferred methods for preventing further spread of COVID-19, facemasks or face coverings are one more tool that may be used by the general public and essential workers to protect each other from respiratory droplets produced when they cough, sneeze, or talk.

Per Executive Order, any individual who is over age two (2) and able to medically tolerate a face covering (a mask or cloth face covering) shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when in a public place or working and they are unable to maintain a six (6) foot social distance. Face coverings are specifically required in public indoor spaces such as stores.

When to Wear a Mask
Examples of when a face covering is required in public places include but are not limited to:
• Shopping at essential businesses, like grocery stores and farmers’ markets, pharmacies, office supply stores, hardware stores, greenhouses, garden centers, and nurseries.
• Picking up food from the drive-through, curbside pickup, or carryout.
• While visiting your health care provider.
• Traveling on public transportation.
• Interacting with customers, clients, or coworkers, including both essential businesses and stores that are only open for curbside pickup and delivery.
• Performing essential services for government agencies where close interactions with other people are unavoidable.
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