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City of Falls Church COVID-19 & Urgent Updates

Posted on: May 27, 2020

Mask and Face Covering Requirements and Complaints

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Report Concerns or Violations

  • Call 1-877-ASK-VDH3 (Virginia Department of Health)
  • Submit an Online Complaint (Virginia Department of Health)
  • Do NOT call the Fairfax Health Department or the City of Falls Church Police about compliance with the governor’s executive order for face coverings.

Face Coverings Required Inside Public Places at All Times, and Outside when Closer than 6 Feet from Others

This content appears courtesy of the Fairfax Health Department, the City’s health department, and Fairfax County.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam requires face coverings when people are inside public spaces. This includes all retail businesses like grocery stores and pharmacies, and entertainment and amusement businesses.

Everyone age 5 and up is required to wear a face mask indoors when not at their own home and outdoors when it’s not possible to social distance. “If you’re outdoors and you can’t stay six feet apart, you need to wear a mask,” Governor Northam said. “When you’re at work, wear a mask. When you’re watching your kid play soccer, wear a mask. That’s really simple and we can all do that.” 

Face Covering Exceptions
There are exceptions to the requirement, however. Face coverings are not needed for: 

  • Eating or drinking. 
  • Exercising. 
  • Children under the age of two. 
  • People with health conditions that keep them from wearing a covering. 
  • Communicating with people with hearing-impairments when the mouth needs to be visible. 
  • Getting medical treatment or government services when coverings can be removed temporarily. 
  • Participating in religious rituals. 

Face coverings also are not be required inside daycares, schools, or colleges and universities. 

Make Your Own Face Covering 
Face coverings can be made with things commonly found at home. 

“You can make your own," said Northam. “You can find a plan on the internet, and all you need is a piece of cloth and some rubber bands. You can even grab a bandana.”

The CDC offers simple instructions on how to make homemade face coverings.

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