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In early March 2021, Gov. Ivey announced she will let the state's mask mandate expire on April 9, 2021. On April 7, she issued the Safer Apart Order, which officially lifts the mandate.


Following the expiration of the state of emergency declaration, it is recommended that individuals wear face coverings in public settings.


On March 25, 2021, Gov. Ducey issued EO 2021, which lifts all mask mandates throughout Arizona.


Beginning March 31, 2021, Arkansas has no statewide mask mandate in place. However, Arkansas recommends that every person in Arkansas wear a face covering completely over the mouth and nose in all indoor environments, excluding private residences, where they are exposed to non-household members and distancing of six (6) feet or more cannot be assured and in all outdoor settings, excluding private residences, where there is exposure to non-household members, unless there exists ample space of six (6) feet or more to practice physical distancing.


California has a mask requirement. It mandates that beginning June 18, 2020, face coverings must be worn at all times when outside the home.


Executive Order 2020-039, effective April 17, 2020, requires essential workers who work in proximity to anyone else to wear cloth masks (or any higher grade material). Also requires them to wear gloves whenever possible. The order has been extended every thirty days, at most, with the most recent extension coming January 6, 2021 via Order 2021-007.

12/14 - Extends existing mandate

1/8 - Extends existing mandate

2/4 - Extends existing mandate


In Connecticut, any person in a public place in Connecticut, whether indoors or outdoors, who is not six feet from every other person must wear a face covering. Face coverings must also be worn while in public transportation or publicly available private transportation or within any semi-enclosed transit stop. Additionally, there are a number of exceptions to the class of persons generally required to wear a mask (those younger than 2 years old, et cetera).


Requirement. Governor Carney Requires Delawareans to Wear Face Coverings in Public Settings. AUGUST 24, 2020 UPDATE: As Delaware families consider a safe return to school, Governor Carney and the Division of Public Health announced an update to Delaware’s face coverings guidance for children. All children who are in kindergarten or older must wear face coverings in public settings, including school buildings, according to the updated DPH guidance. All children 2 years of age and older are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings in public. Children younger than 2 must not wear face coverings due to suffocation risk. A child with a medical condition that makes it hard to breathe or a disability that prevents the child from wearing a face covering is not required to wear one.

Governor John Carney on Friday signed the fifth revision to the omnibus emergency order, continuing the restrictions, including the Stay-at-Home advisory and universal indoor mask mandate.


No requirements. Under Phase 3, mask requirements are rescinded.


All Georgia residents and visitors are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings as practicable while outside their home or place of residence, except when eating, drinking, or exercising outdoors. Local governments are allowed to require face coverings, with limitations.


Requirement. Fifth Supplementary Proclamation requires all customers and employees who have customer contact must wear a cloth face mask and encourages everyone to wear cloth face masks whenever in public places. Gov. David Ige issued a 15th COVID-19 emergency proclamation that extends and clarifies the statewide mask mandate as agreed to by all four counties and the state. The proclamation states all persons in the State shall wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when in public.


Although currently there is no general, statewide mask mandate across Idaho. Nevertheless, use of face coverings by the general public is strongly recommended, and face coverings are mandatory in a number of sector-specific settings. Further, employers should identify how personal use items such as masks, face coverings, and gloves may be required by employees, vendors, and patrons.


In Illinois, any individual who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face covering (a mask or cloth face covering) is required to cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when in a public place and unable to maintain a six-foot social distance. This requirement applies whether in an indoor space, such as a store, or in a public outdoor space where maintaining a six-foot social distance is not always possible.


Currently, Indiana does not have a statewide mask mandate in effect. However, the state recommends that all Hoosiers wear a face covering when indoors any non-residential building (excluding private offices, private workspaces, or meetings in which social distancing is practicable), in an outdoor space when social distancing is not practicable, or while using public transportation or publicly-available private transportation. However, there are a number of exceptions to the class generally required to wear face coverings.


Currently, Iowa is not under a stateside mask mandate.

On Feb. 7, 2021, a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency lifted the statewide mask mandate, which had been in place since Nov. 2020. The now lifted mandate had required Iowans to to wear masks when people are in an indoor public space and unable to social distance for 15 minutes or longer. Businesses are still encouraged to follow CDC guidelines for distancing and sanitation.


Currently, Kansas no longer has a statewide mask mandate in effect. As such, any person in Kansas must wear a face covering: inside, or in line to enter, any indoor public space; when obtaining services from the healthcare sector; while waiting for a ride on or riding in public transportation or a private transportation service open to the general public; or, when outside where social distancing is not practicable.


Kentucky's mask mandate requires all persons in Kentucky to wear a face covering while (1) inside or waiting to enter a retail establishment, (2) while waiting for or while riding on public transport, or (3) while in an outdoor public space in which the wearer is not able to physically distance themselves at least 6 feet away from non-household members of the public. There are also a number of exceptions to the class of persons required to wear a face covering. Finally, there are a number of business-specific mask and PPE requirements depending upon the kind of business.


Proclamation 29 JBE 2021, effective March 3, 2021, reaffirms the mask mandate as LA moves to Phase 3 of reopening.

Requirement. Face coverings required when inside a commercial establishment or any other building or open space to the public, whether indoor or outdoor. Counties with fewer than 100 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents may opt out. Extended Dec. 23, 2020, by Proclamation No. 209 through Jan. 13, 2021.


EO 19 & EO 19-A requires owners and operators of indoor public settings to enforce all persons to wear face coverings in buildings. EO 16 amends mask mandates for individuals entering publicly accessible government building, retail space, and schools. Individuals must wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Revised mandate provides for greater enforcement and requires certain businesses in specific localities to implement mask requirements.


In Maryland, all persons over the age of 5 must wear a mask when they are: (1) on or in public transportation, (2) indoors at any location where the general public is generally permitted, (3) at any outdoor sporting venue or outdoor entertainment venue, (4) outdoors when social distancing is not practicable, (5) while obtaining healthcare, and (6) engaged in any work where interaction with others is likely. Further, there are a number of exceptions to this general mask mandate. Further, all persons must wear masks on school property, including in hallways, gyms, and on buses.


11/2: Governor Baker also signed an updated order related to face-coverings. The revised order requires all persons to wear face-coverings in all public places, even where they are able to maintain 6 feet of distance from others. The revised order still allows for an exception for residents who cannot wear a face-covering due to a medical or disabling condition, but it allows employers to require employees to provide proof of such a condition. It also allows schools to require that students participating in in-person learning provide proof of such a medical or disabling condition. 5/6: Requirement. Governor Baker issued an Order effective Wednesday, May 6 requiring face masks or cloth face coverings in public places where social distancing is not possible. This applies to both indoor and outdoor spaces.


Emergency Order Under MCL 333.2253 required people to wear face coverings when participating in gatherings. It will also require employers to provide at least cloth face coverings to their employees. New EO includes enforcement provisions & penalties. E0 2020-185 requires all students kindergarten and up to wear a mask while at school. required by 2020 EO-59 & EO-96. Replaces 2020 EO-147.


Requirement. Under EO 20-81 (effective July 25, 2020), Minnesotans are required to wear a face covering in indoor businesses and indoor public settings. Exempts persons with a medical condition and children under the age of 6.


Masks are not required effective March 3, 2021, however residents are encouraged to wear face coverings and take other COVID-19 mitigation measures.


Currently, Missouri has no statewide mask mandate in place.


Currently, there is no statewide mask mandate in Montana. Previously, a stateside mask mandate was in place from July 2020 until Feb. 12, 2021.


Nebraska has yet to issue a state-wide mask mandate. Masks are recommended, rather than required, for establishments such as childcare centers, salons, barber shops, massage therapists, and body art studios.


Imposes mask mandate, subject to specified exceptions.

New Hampshire

Gov. Sununu announced that the mask mandate has been lifted effective April 16, 2021.

New Jersey

In New Jersey, all individuals are required to wear face coverings in outdoor public spaces when it is not practicable to socially distance and keep a six-foot distance from others. That general rule does not apply when the nearby persons are immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health, where the individual is under two years of age, or in situations where individuals cannot feasibly wear a face covering, such as when eating or drinking at outdoor dining areas.

New Mexico

Requirement. Requires that everyone wear face coverings in public, with exceptions for eating, drinking and exercising. Under the expiring order, only retail workers were required to wear face coverings. On 6/30 it was announced that the state will agressively enforce the mask mandate. Violators will be subject to a $100 fine.

New York

Any individual who over age two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain, or when not maintaining, social distance. Business owners may turn away potential customers for not wearing a face covering.

North Carolina

Requirement. Face Coverings must be worn indoors if anyone else is in that space who is not a member of the same household. Face Coverings must be worn outdoors if it is not possible to consistently be physically distant by more than 6 feet from nonhousehold members. Requirements apply to all persons age 5 and up.

North Dakota

North Dakota does not have a mask mandate in effect. Previously North Dakota required face coverings to be used by all employees and patrons inside indoor businesses and indoor public settings, as well as in outdoor business and public settings when it’s not possible to maintain physical distancing.


Requirement. Beginning July 23 at 6:00pm, citizens in all Ohio counties will be under a mandatory mask order while out in public. Masks must be worn at all times when: At an indoor location that’s not a residence; Outdoors, when unable to keep 6ft social distance from those not in your household; When waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public transportation -taxi, car service, private rideshare. 11/11/2020: Revised Mask Order: Although most people and businesses have properly followed COVID-19 safety guidelines issued in Ohio’s July 23, 2020, mask order, others are not following the order. To protect frontline workers and customers, the Ohio Department of Health will reissue Ohio’s mask order and add the following provisions: Each store will be required to post a sign outlining face-covering requirements at all public entrances to the store; Each store will be responsible for ensuring that customers and employees are wearing masks; and A new Retail Compliance Unit, comprised of agents led by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, will inspect to ensure compliance. A first violation will result in a written warning and a second violation will result in closure of the store for up to 24 hours.


Currently, there is no statewide mask mandate in Oklahoma. On March 11, 2021, Gov. Stitt announced he will be lifting the requirement to wear masks in state buildings.


Requirement. Oregon Health authority issued guidance on wearing masks pursuant to EO 20-27. Beginning July 15, Oregonians statewide will be required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces, whether publicly or privately owned as well as outdoors when physical distancing is not possible. Beginning July 24, children age 5 and up are required to wear a mask, face shield or face covering. Face coverings are now required when exercising indoors, plus outdoors when you can’t physically distance.Beginning October 19, employers are required to provide employees with face coverings if they operate in an indoor or outdoor setting.


Requirement. Masks must be worn whenever anyone leaves home. Updated order requires when outdoors, a mask must be worn if you are not able to remain physically distant (at least 6 feet away) from someone not in your household the entire time you are outdoors. When indoors, masks will now be required even if you are physically distant from members not in your household. This means that even if you are able to be 6 feet apart, you will need to wear a mask while inside if with people other than members of your household. This order applies to every indoor facility, including homes, retail establishments, gyms, doctors’ offices, public transportation, and anywhere food is prepared, packaged or served.

Masks do not need to be worn in non-healthcare settings when CDC’s Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People or its successor allow for no face coverings and if acting in accordance with the Public Health Recommendations.

Rhode Island

In Rhode Island, any person who is in a place open to the public, whether indoors or outdoors, shall cover their mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face covering; however, there are a number of exceptions to the class of persons required to wear face coverings. This mask mandate is effective until March 24, 2021.

South Carolina

Effective March 5, 2021, Governor McMaster has lifted many mask requirements for South Carolina. Masks are no longer required in restaurants or state-owned buildings, and residents are encouraged, but not mandated to wear masks in public.

South Dakota

South Dakota has yet to issue a state-wide mask mandate.


Amends original EO 54, which was amended by EO 55, grants local governments authority to require face masks until 10/30


On March 10, 2021 the requirement to wear masks in all public spaces.


Utah's mask mandate expired on April 10, 2021. Face coverings are still required in schools and in gatherings larger than 50 people. Local governments may seek their own mask mandates.


In Vermont, masks or cloth facial coverings are required any time it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet with others from outside their household.


In Virginia, all individuals "aged five and older must cover their mouth and nose with a face covering, as described and recommended by the CDC, if they are in an indoor setting shared by others." This restriction applies to a number of open-air establishments; however, it does not apply in a religious context nor does it apply to persons inside their personal residence. There are a number of other health-related exceptions to the class of persons required to wear a face covering.


Requirement. Beginning June 26, every Washingtonian in an indoor public space, or in an outside public space when unable to physically distance from others, will be legally required to wear a face covering. Effective July 7 businesses are required to enforce the use of facial coverings. Expansion of face coverings order that will go into effect Saturday, July 25. The expansion will require face coverings in all common spaces, such as elevators, hallways and shared spaces in apartment buildings, university housing and hotels, as well as congregate setting such as nursing homes.

West Virginia

Executive Order 77-20, issued November 13, 2020, requires all individuals over the age of 9 to wear a mask in public indoor areas.

Executive order 12-21, issued April 19, 2021, makes an exception for those performing physical activity indoors (e.g. sports, working out, etc).


The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled on Mar. 31, 2021, that the governor overstepped his authority when he declared several states of emergency since the start of the pandemic without input from the legislature. The ruling invalidates the current emergency order, which includes a statewide mask mandate.

Local mask mandates remain in place.

Previously, on February 4, 2021, the State Assembly passed a resolution to end the public health emergency and mask mandate. Governor Evers immediately issued Executive Order #105, proclaiming a new state of emergency and reinstituting the mask mandate.


Currently, Wyoming has no statewide mask mandate in place.