Bottom Line for Employees:
Employees who are not able to consistently maintain social distancing of at least six (6) feet apart from others are required to wear face masks while working, while on breaks and whether working indoors or outdoors.
Masks with exhalation valves or vents may NOT be worn.
Face shields are NOT permitted as a substitute for face masks.
Neck gaiters made of thin, stretchy material that can be worn around the neck and pulled up when needed may NOT be worn unless they are made of double layered materials and fit snugly with no gaps.
Employees are required to wear face coverings unless wearing a face covering would create an unsafe condition in which to operate or execute a task.
Accordingly, on this date, July 1, 2020, to protect the public from the spread of COVID- 19, I hereby order:
Section 1: Face Coverings Defined
"Face covering" means a covering of the nose and mouth that is secured to the head with ties, straps, or loops over the ears or is wrapped around the lower face. A "face covering" can be made of a variety of synthetic or natural fabrics, including cotton, silk, or linen. For purposes of this order, a face covering includes a plastic face shield that covers the nose and mouth. "Face coverings" may be factory-made, sewn by hand, or be improvised from household items, including but not limited to, scarfs, bandanas, t-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels. While procedural and surgical masks intended for healthcare providers and first responders meet these requirements, such as N95 respirators, these specialized masks should be reserved for appropriate occupational and health care settings.
Section 2: Face Coverings Required
Except as provided in Section 3, individuals are required to wear face coverings if they are:
A. outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a distance of six feet from individuals who are not members of their household;
B. in any indoor location where members of the public are generally permitted;
C. waiting for, riding on, driving, or operating public transportation or paratransit or while in a taxi, private car service or ride-sharing vehicle;
D. obtaining services from the healthcare sector in settings including, but not limited to, a hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, laboratory, physician or dental office, veterinary clinic, or blood bank; or
E. engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site, when interacting in-person with any member of the public, working in any space visited by members of the public, working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others, working in or walking through common areas, or in any room or enclosed area where other people, except for members of the person's own household or residence, are present wheri unable to physically distance.
Section 3: Exceptions to Face Covering Requirement
The following are exceptions to the face covering requirement in Section 2:
A. Individuals who cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition, including those with respiratory issues that impede breathing, mental health condition, or disability;
B. Individuals for whom wearing a mask while working would create an unsafe condition in which to operate equipment or execute a task as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines;
C. Individuals who would be unable to remove a mask without assistance;
D. Individuals who are under two years of age;
E. Individuals who are communicating or seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing-impaired or has another disability, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication;
F. Individuals are not required to show documentation that an exception applies.
CDC: Face Coverings Use - Updated May 23