NEWPORT NEWS—Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation, Governor Ralph Northam recently lifted Virginia’s universal mask mandate, stating that fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as facemasks, indoors or out. However, individual businesses still have the right to require masks for the safety of their customers and their staff. Individuals who are not vaccinated or who have not completed the vaccine process are strongly encouraged to continue wearing a mask at all times.
For those looking for a fun and vibrant way to keep their spirits up, Newport News is distributing free face masks at the following locations:
- Newport News Visitor Center (in Newport News Park): 13560 Jefferson Avenue
- Newport News Tourism Development Office: 702 Town Center Drive
- Brooks Crossing Innovation and Opportunity Center: 550 30th Street
The masks were designed by Newport News residents as part of a city-wide design challenge. They received more than 160 entries that showcased the creativity and talents of their residents. Winning entries included:
Budding Artists (12 years and under)
- Tanner Marshall (“I’m smiling” panda)
- Maliyah Johnson (pink hearts)
- Kaitlynn MacIntosh (“I love Newport News”)
Young Adult (12-18 years old)
- Albert Hale (colorful designs)
Adult (18-plus years old)
- Michele Morse-Buszard (“Mask up to rise up”)
The city is requesting that anyone who receives one of these free masks should use the tag #maskupnn when sharing selfies and other photos on social media posts.