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Jackson County Face Mask Order

Jackson County requires face masks to be worn in public indoor spaces including a workplace, business, place of worship, community center or library. They are also required in public outdoor spaces or when using public transportation, taxis or ride-sharing services. This includes all outdoor public gathering places such as bus stops, parks, playgrounds, farmers' markets and restaurant/bar patio seating.

Definition of a Face Mask

The health order defines face coverings as an N95 mask, surgical mask or cloth mask that covers the mouth and nose. A cloth face mask can be:

  • a sewn mask secured with ties or straps around the head or behind the ears;
  • multiple layers of fabric tied around the head;
  • made from a variety of materials, such as fleece, cotton, or linen; or
  • factory-made or made from household items.


When in public indoor space (including a workplace, business, school, place of worship or public facilities such as a community center or library) individuals are required to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth.

  • Masks should be positioned carefully over the mouth and nose, and should not be touched or readjusted until such time as the mask is removed. Hand hygiene is encouraged before taking masks off and prior to re-masking.
  • Masks are not required inside a solitary, enclosed workspace such as an office.
  • Masks may be removed in restaurants and bars when individuals are actively eating or drinking but must be worn at all times otherwise.

When in a public outdoor space or when using public transportation, taxis or ride-sharing services, individuals are required to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth.

  • Including all outdoor public gathering places such as bus stops, parks, playgrounds, farmer's markets, and restaurant/bar patio seating.
  • Masks are not required when individuals are driving alone or with others they live with, when individuals are exercising alone or with others they live with, or when individuals can absolutely guarantee that they will be able to maintain at least 6 feet of social distancing from all others.

The following individuals are exempt from the requirement to wear a face covering:

  • Those who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Children younger than five years old; and
  • Children who are younger than two years old should never wear face coverings due to the risk of suffocation.
  • Children who are two, three, or four years old, with the assistance and close supervision of an adult, are strongly recommended to wear a face covering at all times in settings, like grocery stores or pharmacies, where it is likely that a distance of at least six feet cannot be maintained from non-household members and vulnerable people must go.
  • Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering. This includes, but is not limited to, persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a face covering could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance.
  • Individuals should not wear cloth face coverings while engaged in activities that may cause the cloth face covering to become wet, like when swimming at the beach or pool. A wet cloth face covering may make it dicult to breathe. For activities like swimming, it is particularly important to maintain physical distance from others when in the water.
  • Individuals who are engaged in high-intensity activities, like running, may not be able to wear a cloth face covering if it causes diculty breathing. If unable to wear a cloth face covering, consider conducting the activity in a location with greater ventilation and air exchange (for instance, outdoors versus indoors) and where it is possible to maintain physical distance from others.
  • Individuals who work in a setting where cloth face coverings may increase the risk of heat-related illness or cause safety concerns due to the introduction of a hazard (for instance, straps getting caught in machinery) may consult with an occupational safety and health professional to determine the appropriate face covering for their setting. Outdoor workers may prioritize the use of cloth face coverings when in close contact with other people, like during group travel or shift meetings, and remove face coverings when social distancing is possible.


Face Mask Resources

CDC Statement, Guidance & Studies

Mayo Clinic Guidance

Mask Exemption FAQs

Do I need to prove I am medically exempt?
No. Businesses cannot ask for proof of a medical condition.

Can a business refuse me entry if I'm not wearing a mask?
Yes. Businesses can refuse entry or service but should try to engage the customer in a reasonable accommodation (curbside pickup, shipping of items).

Isn't refusing entry discrimination?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) allows restrictions when an individual would pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) declared in March 2020 that the COVID-19 pandemic meets the direct threat standard.

How will I get my goods or services if I am medically exempt?
Use alternative ways such as curbside pickup, delivery, telemedicine, etc. Medically exempt persons can spread the virus to others by not wearing a mask.

Face Mask Precautions

  • Don't touch your mask while wearing it.
  • If you accidentally touch your mask, wash or sanitize your hands.
  • Remove the mask by untying it or lifting off the ear loops without touching the front of the mask or your face.
  • Wash your hands immediately after removing your mask.
  • Regularly wash your mask with soap and water in the washing machine. It's fine to launder it with other clothes.

COVID-19 Non-Compliance

Help limit the spread of COVID-19. If a business or organization is not following the Executive Order, please notify the Jackson County Health Department.

Call the Hotline 816.404.9883.

Report Non-Compliance Online