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Posted on: October 31, 2022

Masks Still Required in Certain Settings After October 31

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.

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