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.