States realize that convincing more residents to wear masks is one way to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 without resorting to shuttering the economy. With that in mind, political leaders have made the tough decision to require residents to wear masks or facial coverings. These mandates typically fall within three categories: (1) broad mandates requiring residents to wear masks while outside their home (either outside or in a public building or business), (2) mandates only requiring mask wearing while inside a public building or business, or (3) requiring employees in certain customer-facing industries to wear masks while on the clock. The map below, updated daily, illustrates how states are currently mandating wearing masks.
COVID-19 Mask Mandates by State
Which states have imposed mask mandates or rules on face coverings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic? Some states have broad orders requiring masks everywhere in public, while some require masks indoors only and others have rules for certain industries. A handful of states have no requirements.
Last Updated March 3, 2021