Governor Directives and Declarations

Directive 24, 6/24/20/Wed and takes affect on 6/26/20/Fri

Are there any exemptions to who should wear a face covering? Yes,
Exemptions include persons:
– Who have a medical condition, whether it be mental health, disability, or other health reason that prevents them from wearing a face covering. This includes people with any medical condition for whom wearing a face covering can obstruct their breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance.

I’m a business owner, what does this mean for me? With this new directive, businesses are asked to establish a “no mask, no service” policy for your own employees’ and patrons’ safety. Post notices on doors and in front of your locations to enhance public awareness and requirements for entry and safety. Please thoroughly screen those who are exempted from this face covering directive.

Can a business refuse service to someone who refuses to wear a mask or face covering?
Businesses should first check that the individual is not part of an exempted category. If they are not exempted, businesses are encouraged to use the opportunity to have a discussion with any non-compliant individual and educate them on the importance of wearing a face covering to protect themselves, other patrons, and staff. Businesses do have the right to ask a patron to return at a different time with a face covering. If a confrontation occurs between a patron refusing to wear a face covering and an employee, please use discretion and alert local law enforcement as necessary.

Face Defined:

The front part of a person’s head from the forehead to the chin, or the corresponding part in an animal. Considerations for wearing cloth face coverings Face Coverings


Face Mask Studies and Spread of Viruses

COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice (e.g., while shouting, chanting, or singing). These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Recent studies show that a significant portion of individuals with COVID-19 lack symptoms (are “asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (are “pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.

The cloth face coverings recommended here are not surgical masks or respirators. Currently, those are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders. Cloth face coverings are not personal protective equipment (PPE). They are not appropriate substitutes for PPE such as respirators (like N95 respirators) or medical facemasks (like surgical masks) in workplaces where respirators or facemasks are recommended or required to protect the wearer.