Face Coverings / Masks

Updated September 9, 2021

Requisito del uso de cobertura facial en interiores entra en vigor el sábado 7 de agosto

Face coverings must be worn (effective Saturday, August 7, 2021)


In common indoor areas

When using public transportation - federal government requirement.

A face covering is not required

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.

Time period for indoor face covering requirement

Montgomery County's indoor face covering requirement was reinstated because the County reached "substantial transmission" level. It will end when the County returns to a  "moderate transmission" status for 7 consecutive days. See the County's COVID-19 data.

Montgomery County Health Order. Indoor Mask Mandate reinstated effective Saturday, August 7, 12:01 a.m. The COVID-19 Delta variant is spreading in the community, and the County has reached substantial transmission level.