The governor’s COVID emergency declaration will expire today, Oct. 31. The Secretary of Health’s face covering order, however, continues to require masks be worn in some settings for people 5 years and older. The Secretary of Health Mask Order requires wearing a mask in these places:
- Health care settings (e.g., doctor clinics, hospitals, dental clinics, school nurse offices, etc.) regardless of the CDC’s Community Level.
- Long-term care settings (e.g., nursing homes, assisted living, retirement homes) regardless of the CDC’s Community Level.
- Adult prison and jail facilities when the county in which the facility is located has a medium or high CDC COVID-19 Community Level.
People may want to continue to wear a mask for added protection against COVID-19, especially those who are immunocompromised, living with someone immunocompromised, or who may just feel safer wearing a mask. Everyone should assess their own personal risk when making this decision.
For more information, visit the Department of Health Masks and Face Coverings webpage or read the face covering order.