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State reverses course 6 months into pandemic, requires childcare staff to wear masks

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Posted at 6:43 PM, Oct 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-12 18:44:51-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Back in July, CBS 6 Problem Solvers did an investigation into an area daycare with a COVID-19 outbreak.

The former employee we interviewed told us many staff members did not wear masks at the daycare.

So, we asked the state if staff at childcare facilities were required to wear facial coverings, and, at the time, they told us no.

However, CBS 6 found out that recently changed.

The state approved an emergency temporary standard at the end of September that requires all staff in childcare settings to wear masks.

Also of note, while it's not required, the state is now strongly suggesting all children over the age of two wear face coverings.

Previously, they urged kids over two to wear them only when social distancing was not possible.

For the full list of new guidelines, click here.