Who is exempt from wearing a face mask?

Who is exempt from wearing a face mask?

  • Persons who have a respiratory condition that is exacerbated by the wearing of a face covering.
  • Persons under ten years of age. However, CDC guidance strongly recommends that children over age two wear face coverings.
  • Persons who have been told by a medical, legal, or behavioral health professional not to wear a face covering.
  • Persons who are in a restaurant or tavern and are engaged in consuming food or drink while adequately distanced from other patrons.
  • Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
  • Persons who are obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service.
  • Persons who have disabilities that:
    • Prevent them from comfortably wearing or taking off a face covering.
    • Prevent them from communicating while wearing a face covering.

Do I need to prove I am medically exempt? No, businesses cannot ask you for proof of your medical condition.

Even if you are medically exempt, you can still spread the virus to others by not wearing a mask. You may also be at increased risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19 because of your medical condition, so it’s important to still take precautions to avoid becoming infected. Find alternative ways to receive your essential goods or services, like through curbside pickup, delivery, telemedicine, etc.

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1. When does the new order begin and end?
2. When DO I need to wear a face mask?
3. When do I NOT need to wear a face mask?
4. Who is exempt from wearing a face mask?
5. What if my business is privately owned?
6. Can a business refuse entry to me if I'm not wearing a face mask?
7. How do I report a business or organization I believe is in violation of the order?
8. What if I do not own a face mask?