Governor Ralph Northam’s amended Executive Order Sixty-Three, requires Virginians to wear face coverings in public indoor settings to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus:
“All patrons in the Commonwealth aged 10 and over shall when entering, exiting, traveling through, and spending time inside the settings listed below cover their mouth and nose with a face covering, as described and recommended by the CDC.”
Exceptions to this order include: While eating or drinking; Individuals exercising or using exercise equipment; Persons with health conditions that prohibit wearing a face covering; children under the age of two.
Considerations for Wearing Face Coverings
COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets. Respiratory droplets travel into the air when you cough, sneeze, talk, shout, or sing. These droplets can then land in the mouths or noses of people who are near you or they may breathe these droplets in.
To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people wear masks in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
- People age 2 and older should wear masks in public settings and when around people who don’t live in their household.
- Masks offer some protection to you and are also meant to protect those around you, in case you are unknowingly infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.
- A mask is NOT a substitute for social distancing. Masks should still be worn in addition to staying at least 6 feet apart.
- Masks with Exhalation Valves or Vents: CDC does not recommend using masks with exhalation valves or vents because this type of mask may not prevent you from spreading COVID-19 to others.
Your mask offers some protection to you: A cloth mask also offers some protection to you, too. How well it protects you from breathing in the virus likely depends on the fabrics used and how your mask is made (e.g. the type of fabric, the number of layers of fabric, how well the mask fits). CDC is currently studying these factors.
Wear your Mask Correctly:
✔️ Wash your hands before putting on your mask
✔️ Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
✔️ Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
✔️ Make sure you can breathe easily
✔️ Don’t put the mask around your neck or up on your forehead; Don’t touch the mask, and, if you do, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer to disinfect
How to Get a Face Covering
Arlington County partnered with nearly 70 community organizations to distribute over 40,000 face coverings through churches, synagogues, non-profits and PTAs, ensuring masks for individuals in our community most at risk or who may not otherwise have access. We are not able to provide a mask to every County resident.
If you’d like to support a local business by purchasing masks, please see the list of participating businesses below:
Local Arlington Businesses
Chains, With Arlington Locations
If your business is selling or providing face coverings, please let us know so we can add you to our list!
Face Covering Distribution Project
Toolkit: Printables and Online Files
Please make use of the following materials in the community to help spread valuable information on staying safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. Download and print these flyers to share at your business, organization, apartment building, etc.
Face Coverings Required Beyond This Point
In accordance with Executive Order Sixty-Three, Virginians are required to wear face coverings in public indoor settings.
VDH Please Wear a Face Covering Posters
A guide to how to wear your face covering face covering correctly.