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Guidelines for Face-Covering Requirements Outlined in Executive Order 63

Executive Order 63, which mandates the use of face-covering while inside buildings, goes into effect today. Under this executive order, those who are ten or older must cover their nose and mouth areas while inside buildings. 

Guidelines for where face-covering is required:

  • Personal care and grooming businesses
  • Essential and non-essential brick and mortar retail including grocery stores and pharmacies
  • Food and beverage establishments
  • Entertainment or public amusement establishments when permitted to open
  • Train stations, bus stations, and on intrastate public transportation, including in waiting or congregating areas
  • State and local government buildings and areas where the public accesses services
  • Any indoor space shared by groups of people who may congregate within six feet of one another or who are in close proximity to each other for more than ten minutes


  • While eating or drinking at food and beverage establishments.
  • During exercise.
  • Children under the age of two (children between the ages of two and nine are encouraged to wear face-coverings, but are not required.)
  • Those who have trouble breathing, have a health condition that would prohibit wearing a face-covering, or are unable to remove the face-covering without assistance.
  • Those who need to communicate with a hearing-impaired person. 

More information can be found here

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has been granted the authority to enforce this directive and violation of this order is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor. Governor Northam expressed he will discuss a potential civil penalty with the General Assembly for consideration during their expected special session this summer. Information stated during this announcement also informed the public that VDH will have the authority to revoke a business’s license for non-compliance.
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