As the number of positive coronavirus tests keep rising, several states have issued orders requiring people to wear masks in public. Here is the updated list. As new states and cities issue orders we will update this list.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statewide order on Thursday requiring the use of face coverings in public indoor spaces, including while shopping, riding on public transportation or seeking medical care.
Connecticut’s mask requirement applies to any resident over the age of 2 in a public space where social distancing isn’t possible. The rules also apply to individuals using public transportation, taxis or ride-hailing services. The state’s Department of Economic and Community Development also released mask guidelines for essential workers:
Employees at essential businesses must wear masks or any other material covering their mouth and nose at all times while at work. Employers must provide masks or the materials to make them. People who refuse to wear masks aren’t required to provide proof that they’re medically exempt.
Delaware Gov. John Carney ordered residents to wear face masks while in public, including at grocery and convenience stores, pharmacies, doctor’s offices and on public transportation. Children under the age of 12 are not required to wear face coverings, and those age 2 and under must not wear face masks due to the risk of suffocation.
District of Columbia
District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered the use of masks or face coverings when conducting essential business or travel and social distancing isn’t possible. Masks or other face coverings are required in grocery stores, pharmacies and takeout restaurants. On public transportation, face coverings are required if individuals are unable to be six feet apart. Children between the ages of 2 and 9 are advised to wear masks.
While there is not a statewide order, many local counties have issued orders incliding many of the largest cities. Miami-Dade, Hillsborough, Broward, Duval, Brevard, Palm Beach, Pasco and virtually all large cities in Florida have issued their own requirements.
Both customers and employees at essential businesses are required to wear cloth face coverings. Establishments must limit the number of customers allowed in and keep them six feet apart. Anyone who violates those rules could face a fine of up to $5,000, or up to a year in prison if found guilty, according to Hawaii Gov. David Ige’s order.
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker ordered the use of face masks for anyone stepping outside their house. Face coverings are required while shopping at essential businesses, traveling on public transportation, picking up food, or visiting the doctor and it’s impossible to stay 6 feet apart.
An executive order was issued by Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly mandating face masks must be worn statewide in public spaces. Kelly, commenting on Facebook Monday, wrote, “Starting July 3, I will issue an Executive Order requiring marks be worn in indoor public spaces, and at any outdoor gathering in which social distancing cannot be maintained. This step will keep Kansans healthy, and keep Kansas open for business.”
Maine Gov. Janet Mills issued an order requiring face coverings or masks for anyone over the age of 2 in indoor public spaces such as supermarkets, retail stores, pharmacies and doctor’s offices.
Commuters must wear face coverings while using Maryland’s public transit, according to Gov. Larry Hogan’s order. Employees of essential businesses and customers over the age 9 must wear face coverings. Adults accompanying young children should make an effort to get them to wear a mask.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker issued an order requiring the use of face coverings or masks in both indoor and outdoor spaces where social distancing isn’t possible. Children under the age of 2 do not have to adhere to this order.
Michigan requires all residents to wear face coverings or masks in all public settings. Businesses are allowed to deny entry to individuals not wearing face coverings.
Nevada requires anyone in any public space to wear a mask. Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak’s office said this includes while using public transportation, in public facing work environments, while patronizing businesses, or interacting with others in any generally publicly accessible space. “For Nevada to stay safe and stay open, we must make face coverings a routine part of our daily life,” Sisolak said.
New Jersey was the first state to require customers and employees to wear face coverings at essential businesses and construction sites. Businesses must provide them to employees and deny entry to any customer who refuse to wear them (though customers can still pick up food or medicines in other contact-free ways). Commuters on New Jersey’s trains, buses and light rails must wear face coverings. If they refuse, they may be denied entry.
Adults are required to wear masks in all public settings, except while eating, drinking, exercising or for medical reasons. Masks are recommended for children 3 and older, and children 5 and under must have adult supervision.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order mandated state residents to wear masks in public. All residents over age 2 must wear masks or face coverings when in public and social distancing is impossible.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper ordered people across the state must wear masks or other face coverings in public to fight the spread of COVID-19. In issuing the executive order, Cooper said people must wear face coverings in public when it’s not possible to maintain physical distance. The order also mandates face coverings for employees of businesses including retailers and restaurants, as well as state employees in the executive branch.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has now required the state’s residents to wear face coverings in all indoor public spaces beginning July 1. Face covering requirements are already mandated in eight counties but this would broaden the mandate to the whole state. “I do not want to have to close down businesses again like other states are now doing,” Brown said in a statement. “If you want your local shops and restaurants to stay open, then wear a face covering when out in public,” she added.
Essential businesses must provide and require their employees to wear masks, according to the order from Pennsylvania’s Department of Health. Customers at these businesses must wear masks while on the premises or be denied entry. Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration expanded that order July 1, requiring people to wear face coverings in a variety of circumstances, including outdoors if they are unable to consistently maintain a distance of 6 feet from individuals who aren’t members of their household.
Gov. Gina Raimondo issued an order requiring all residents over the age of 2 to wear face coverings or masks while in public settings, whether indoors or outdoors.
Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order that will require residents in counties with 20 or more active COVID-19 cases to wear face coverings in public. It takes effect midday July 3. The order says that failure to comply could be punishable by a fine.
(List comprised of several different news articles, social media post, and State Administration press releases)