Is everyone required to wear a face covering?

Not everyone is required to wear a face covering. Some people with disabilities, physical or mental health conditions, and very young people (under 5) are not required to wear face coverings because doing so may cause harm to that person. Although the DHM requiring face masks has a broad exemption for people with disabilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) allows for businesses to provide reasonable accommodations in the form of alternate services (e.g., curbside pickup or delivery instead of in person shopping) for a person who cannot wear a face covering because of a disability.

Masks are also not required for those:

  • Seated at a bar or restaurant while consuming food or beverages
  • Engaged in exercise
  • Engaged in an occupation that prevents the wearing of a mask
  • Purchasing goods or services that require a mask be temporarily removed
  • Speaking to an audience where six feet of distance is maintained
  • Seeking state or county government services

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1. Is everyone required to wear a face covering?
2. Why is a face covering important?
3. How should I care for my cloth face covering?
4. How long can I use a paper face covering?
5. I'm not able to wear a face covering for medical condition, mental health reason, or disability. Do I need documentation about why I can't wear a face covering?
6. Does the mask requirement apply to businesses that see customers by appointment only?
7. Do individuals that have already tested positive for COVID-19 still have to wear a face covering?
8. Are face coverings required inside gyms and yoga studios?
9. What do I do if I see someone not wearing a face covering, even though they should be?
10. Is there a penalty for not wearing a face covering in public?
11. As a valid Concealed Handgun Permit Holder, am I required to wear a mask or face covering?