Statewide Indoor Face Covering Requirement

UPDATE (May 14, 2021)
On Friday, May 14, 2021, Gov. Justice signed an Executive Order to immediately modify West Virginia’s face covering requirement to follow the updated CDC guidance for fully vaccinated West Virginians. 
The Statewide Indoor Face Covering Requirement no longer applies to anyone ​who is fully vaccinated. 
​The Statewide Indoor Face Covering Requirement is still in effect for all West Virginians who are not yet fully vaccinated, and will remain in effect for these individuals until June 20, 2021.

This only applies to those who have been fully vaccinated; meaning that at least two weeks have elapsed since the administration of a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or that at least two weeks have elapsed since the administration of a first dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Requiring proof of vaccination as a condition of entry into a State building or facility is not permitted.
Face coverings must still be worn where required by federal law. Additionally, any private business or school system can still require individuals to wear a face covering.
According to the CDC, currently authorized vaccines in the United States are highly effective at protecting vaccinated people against symptomatic and severe COVID-19. Additionally, a growing body of evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people are less likely to have asymptomatic infection or transmit COVID-19 to others.

Governor Justice strongly encourages all State employees to get vaccinated. Vaccinations are now available to all West Virginians age 12 and older and are available in all 55 counties through community vaccination clinics, community health centers, pharmacies, schools, workplaces, and other locations. For more information about COVID-19 vaccinations or to find a vaccine near you, visit or call the WV Vaccine Info Line at 1-833-734-0965.

UPDATE (Apr. 19, 2021)
As part of Executive Order 12-21, signed on April 19, 2021, Gov. Justice announced an additional exemption to the Statewide Indoor Face Covering Requirement so that, if you are actively engaged in physical activity like indoor sports, you do not need to wear a face covering.

Further, an individual who is actively presenting or speaking to an audience need not wear a face covering during the presentation or speech, provided that there is at least 15 feet between the presenter/speaker and any audience, or the speaker/presenter is separated from others by a barrier.


Executive Order (Nov. 14, 2020)
Click here to view the full Nov. 14 order

Summary Overview - Statewide Indoor Face Covering Requirement (Amended)
  • Face covering must be worn at all times in all public indoor places
  • Does not apply to children under the age of 9 or anyone who has trouble breathing or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance
  • Does not apply when you are at a restaurant and actively consuming food or drink, or in a closed room by yourself
  • All businesses must post signs and ensure requirement is being followed
  • Takes effect Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 12 a.m.
Click here for Summary Overview PDF

Signage for Businesses
Businesses or organizations in need of signage to advise patrons or visitors of requirement can be downloaded on the West Virginia DHHR's Face Covering Toolkit





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