Governor Ralph Northam’s 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 produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice (e.g., while shouting, chanting, or singing). These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
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.
- A mask may not protect the wearer, but it may keep the wearer from spreading the virus to others.
- Masks may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others.
- Masks with Exhalation Valves or Vents: The CDC does not recommend using masks if they have an exhalation valve or vent, as they can allow exhaled air to be expelled out through holes in the material.
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.