Mask Guidance

Jefferson County Residents & Visitors Must Wear a Mask in Indoor & Outdoor Public SettingsSaferAtHome_GuidanceSocial_MaskWearing

Effective July 24 at midnight, JCPH issued Public Health Order 20-008, which requires residents and visitors to wear a face covering while in indoor and outdoor public settings. 

People who do not have to wear a mask include:

  • People who are 10 years old and younger
  • People who cannot medically tolerate a face covering
  • Children ages 2 and under should NOT wear masks or cloth face coverings

See the full order for a complete list of exemptions. 


Businesses must post a sign on all entrances that states that no individual may enter the facility without wearing a face covering unless a specific exception applies. JCPH has provided a PDF copy of the sign in English and Spanish for businesses to print out and post on their entrances. 

Why Wear a Face Covering? 

Cloth face coverings prevent the person wearing the mask from spreading respiratory droplets when talking, sneezing or coughing. If everyone wears a cloth face covering when out in public, such as when going to the grocery store, the risk of exposure to COVID-19 can be reduced for the community. Since people can spread the virus before symptoms start, or even if people never have symptoms, wearing a cloth face covering can protect others around you.

Quick Tips

  • Wash your hands before and after putting your face covering in place.
  • Make sure your face covering fits snugly and covers your mouth and nose.
  • Do not touch the face covering again until you remove it.
  • Masks should be positioned so that there is no need to adjust or otherwise touch the face frequently.
  • If your mask becomes soiled or hard to breathe through, you should remove and not wear again until laundered.
  • Remove your mask to eat and drink and if it is still in good repair, you may continue to use it.

General Questions

Click here to download a full list of frequently asked questions and answers. 

  1. What's different between the state and JCPH orders?
  2. What if I have a medical condition and can't wear a mask?
  3. Do I have to wear it when exercising?
  4. Where can I get a face covering?
  5. How do I wear it?
  6. How do I clean it?
  7. Is the order law?
  8. What science supports mask wearing?

What is the difference between the statewide mandatory mask order and JCPH's order requiring facial coverings?

  • The statewide order requires masks indoors whereas JCPH requires wearing a mask or face covering both indoors and outdoors. The outdoor requirement is only in situations where a distance of six (6) feet from individuals who are not members of their household cannot consistently be maintained.
  • The statewide mask order went into effect at midnight on July 16, 2020, and is in effect for 30 days. The executive order may be extended. JCPH’s order went into effect July 24 at midnight until further notice.