County Reminds Residents of Face Covering Requirement

As cases of COVID-19 rise across the country, Montgomery County took to Twitter on Tuesday to issue a reminder about its public health order to wear face coverings to prevent the spread of the virus.

Although restrictions have been loosened so that the county can begin its economic recovery, the face covering requirement has not. According to Montgomery County’s COVID-19 Information Portal, a face covering must be worn in the following places:

  • On public transportation
  • Grocery stores
  • Restaurants, except when eating or drinking
  • Retail businesses
  • Religious services
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Pools, except when in the water
  • Gyms and fitness centers, including when exercising
  • Exercising or socializing outdoors, when social distancing is not possible
  • In outdoor markets
  • Child care centers
  • “Anywhere in public when physical distancing from others is not possible (including outdoors)”

Montgomery County defines a face covering as “any paper or cloth (like a bandana or scarf) that is well-secured and covers your nose and mouth.” Also, a plastic face shield cannot replace a face covering.

Within its information on face coverings, the county emphasizes that only children under the age of two or those with a health condition or “disability that makes it difficult to wear a face covering” are exempt from the order.

“Masks on Montgomery County! Together we can stop the spread of COVID-19,” tweeted the county. This serves as yet another reminder that face coverings and social distancing are necessary measures to continue the fight against COVID-19. More information on the face covering requirement can be found here.

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Mira Varghese

About Mira Varghese

Mira was a student at the University of Maryland double majoring in Journalism and Government and Politics during the summer of 2020 when she interned with Montgomery Community Media.


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