All the States Requiring People to Wear a Face Mask in Public

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Photo credit: Noam Galai - Getty Images
Photo credit: Noam Galai - Getty Images

From House Beautiful

To help prevent the spread of the highly contagious novel coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is calling on people in the U.S. to wear cloth face coverings. According to the CDC, increasing evidence suggests that when used by everyone in a community, face coverings are more effective in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

“We are not defenseless against COVID-19,” CDC Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield said in a statement. “Cloth face coverings are one of the most powerful weapons we have to slow and stop the spread of the virus–particularly when used universally within a community setting. All Americans have a responsibility to protect themselves, their families, and their communities.”

While cases continue to spike across the country, popular retailers—including Target, Walmart, and Trader Joe's—recently announced that customers must wear masks while in stores. While there's no national mandate that requires mask many local and state governments are mandating face coverings in public. Though some states don't have a mask mandate, they have mask requirements for certain spaces like public transportation and stores.

The following states and territories are making face masks mandatory in public, per reporting by Axios and CNN.

  • Alabama

  • Arkansas

  • California

  • Colorado

  • Connecticut

  • Delaware

  • District of Columbia

  • Hawaii

  • Illinois

  • Kansas

  • Kentucky

  • Louisiana

  • Maine

  • Maryland

  • Massachusetts

  • Michigan

  • Minnesota

  • Montana

  • Nevada

  • New Jersey

  • New Mexico

  • New York

  • North Carolina

  • Ohio

  • Oregon

  • Pennsylvania

  • Puerto Rico

  • Rhode Island

  • Texas

  • Virginia

  • Washington

  • Virginia

  • Washington

  • West Virginia

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