Dr. Gayles Stresses Importance of Wearing Masks and Doing it Properly

In Montgomery County, health officials say everyone must wear a face covering unless they are children under the age of two, or unless someone has a health condition or disability that makes it difficult to wear a face mask.

Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles says the evidence is clear that masks can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. He also continues to stress the importance of adequately wearing them.

“One of the things that we remind folks to do is to make sure as best as you can when you’re touching your mask or pulling it off, that your hands are clean,” said Dr. Gayles.

According to the Montgomery County government website, a face covering must be worn whenever a person is in public. This includes:

  • On public transportation (such as Ride On, Metro and ride sharing)
  • Entering businesses and services that are open, including grocery stores
  • restaurants, except when eating or drinking
  • Retail businesses
  • Religious services
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Pools, except when in the water
  • Gyms and fitness centers, including when exercising
  • Exercising or interacting with others outdoors, when physical distancing is not possible
  • Outdoor markets, including farmer’s markets
  • Child care centers
  • Anywhere in public when physical distancing from others is not possible (including outdoors)

Click here for the Montgomery County Health Officer Directive and Order regarding face coverings.

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