#MaskUpMoCo & MoCo’s COVID-19 Health Directive
#MaskUpMoCo! It is essential that everyone do their part to prevent the continued spread of COVID-19. This is done by wearing a mask properly, maintaining 6 feet social distancing, limiting indoor gatherings to 10 or less, and limiting the amount of time spent indoors at a gathering.
#MaskUpMoCo initiative aims to improve and promote the proper and consistent wearing of masks.
Additionally, as of November 25, Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles issued an Amended Health Directive, detailing the following COVID-19 guidelines (from Montgomery County Maryland (montgomerycountymd.gov):
- Indoor gatherings are limited 10 people;
- Updates to the County’s face coverings directive.
When residents leave their homes, they are required to wear a face covering when they are likely to come in contact with others who are not members of their household. As a precaution, residents are advised to always carry a face covering with them just in case they unexpectedly come in close contact with others. Below is some additional guidance on face coverings from the Health Directive.
FACE COVERING GUIDANCE
INDOOR WEARING OF FACE COVERINGS
- Face coverings must be worn in businesses, office buildings, and other establishments open to the public.
A face covering is not required if you are:
- Actively eating or drinking.
- Receiving dental services, shaving, or facial treatments or receiving another service requiring access to your face, mouth, or head.
- Swimming or engaged in another physical activity where the use of a face covering would pose a bona fide safety risk.
- Under the age of 18 and are engaged in vigorous sports – as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition or disability, or are physically unable to remove a mask.
- Unable to wear a wearing a face covering because it impedes communication by, or with, persons who have a hearing impairment or other disability, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
- At work and the equipment required for the job does not enable you to wear a mask or wearing a mask would endanger public safety.
- Alone in your office or vehicle.
The new face covering guidelines outlined in the Health Directive are designed to help protect residents and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Residents are strongly urged to wear a mask whenever they are in public places and may encounter others. Whether you are out walking or jogging, wearing a mask when you are likely to be within six feet of someone, even if it is solely in passing, is required.