On November 13, 2020, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam released his Sixth Amended Executive Order 67 and Amended Order of Public Health Emergency Seven (2020) requiring all employees of essential retail businesses to wear a face covering whenever working in customer facing areas, which are:
Face coverings must also be worn by all persons over age five when entering, exiting, traveling through, and spending time inside all businesses or any other indoor place where people are in close proximity. However, a face covering is not required for any person who:
Additionally, the order does not require a face covering when it would be contrary to someone’s health or safety because of their medical condition(s), but adaptations and alternatives for individuals with health conditions or disabilities should be considered whenever possible. However, any person who declines to wear a face covering because of a medical condition must not be required to:
The order also directs the Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry to release emergency regulations and standards to control, prevent, and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. These regulations and standards, which have not been released yet, will address personal protective equipment, respiratory protective equipment, and sanitation, access to employee exposure and medical records and hazard communication.
The order took effect on November 16, 2020 and remains in effect until amended or revoked.