Face Coverings / Masks

Content verified November 24, 2021

Effective November 20 at 12:01 a.m.: all persons in Montgomery County over the age of two must wear a face covering in any location accessible to the public.

El Condado de Montgomery retrocede a una transmisión sustancial de COVID-19; Reglamento de la Junta de Salud cita reanudar el mandato de uso de mascarillas en interiores a partir de las 12:01 a.m. del sábado 20 de noviembre

Face coverings must be worn


In common indoor areas

When using public transportation - Federal government requirement.

Face coverings are not required in some situations

A face covering is not required when you are:

  • eating or drinking
  • receiving dental services, shaving, or facial treatments or receiving another service requiring access to your face, mouth, head
  • swimming or engaged in another physical activity where the use of a face covering would pose a bona fide safety risk
  • unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition or disability
  • 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
  • unable to wear a face covering because it would create unsafe working conditions
  • operating any public transportation conveyance, if you are
    • the sole operator of the conveyance, and
    • located in a separate compartment that is off-limits to riders
  • required to show your entire face to verify your identity for bona fide security purposes
  • giving a speech or performing for broadcast or an audience, if no one in a location accessible to the public is within six feet of you
  • in a business or workplace that is not accessible to the public

Face coverings should fit properly

A face covering is fitted properly when it covers your nose, mouth, and chin.

It includes cloth face coverings, scarves, and bandanas. It does not include face coverings with a valve; or solely wearing a face shield.

Indoor face covering requirement

When Montgomery County is an area of substantial transmission for 7 consecutive days, Resolution 19-1043 requires the use of face coverings in indoor public spaces.

The requirement is in place as long as the level of community transmission is in a status of substantial or high. This requirement will end once the County’s level of COVID-19 community transmission returns to moderate status and/or low status for seven consecutive days. See the County's community transmission data.