May 27, 2020


Per the Governor’s Executive Order #63, individuals aged ten and over entering local government buildings shall cover their mouth and nose with a face covering.

The requirement to wear a face covering does not apply to following:

1.   While eating or drinking;

2.   Individuals exercising or using exercise equipment;

3.   Any person who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance;

4.   Any person seeking to communicate with the hearing impaired and for which the mouth needs to be visible;

5.   When temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to secure government or medical services; and

6.   Persons with health conditions that prohibit wearing a face covering. Nothing in this Order shall require the use of a face covering by any person for whom doing so would be contrary to his or her health or safety because of a medical condition.

(Any person who declines to wear a face covering because of a medical condition shall not be required to produce or carry medical documentation verifying the stated condition nor shall the person be required to identify the precise underlying medical condition.)

What Can Citizens Do?

· If you have questions or concerns about the face covering Executive Order, call 1-877-ASK-VDH3. 

· Please do NOT call your local health department.


VDH is not in the business of policing Virginians’ everyday activities.

VDH will take an educational approach by advising the public and businesses of the requirement to wear face coverings.

VDH will only take action on willful egregious violations of the Order.

Face coverings should be combined with other preventative actions, such as hand washing, social distancing, disinfecting frequently-used surfaces, etc.

Executive Order 63 only covers businesses and state and local buildings; it is not enforceable outside buildings and businesses.