COVID-19 Update: County Executive Marc Elrich on Health Order Requiring Face Masks

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Message from County Executive Marc Elrich

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County Executive Marc Elrich

My mask protects you. Your mask protects me. Together, with physical distancing, we can stop the spread.

In these uncertain times, we all need to protect ourselves and each other.  That‘s why I fully support the County health order requiring people wear face coverings in grocery stores, pharmacies, and large chain retail establishments. The health order also requires retailers to limit the number of people in a store at one time.

This new order builds on the newly released guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

A face covering can be homemade but your mouth and nose should be covered. However, please keep in mind that masks are not advised for children under two years of age or for individuals with difficulty breathing. 

Also, masks are not a substitute for physical distancing. Please continue to stay home as much as possible.

This is how we beat this virus. Wearing a face covering and keeping a physical distance is how we stop the spread of the virus. If we all do this together, we will stop the spread. 

And remember; my mask protects you, your mask protects me. 

Marc Elrich

Marc Elrich, County Executive 


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