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Health & Fit What states require face masks in public? Kansas, Kentucky, Texas join growing list of states where it's mandatory.

06:17  10 july  2020
06:17  10 july  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Have you been wearing a face mask when you leave home?

As coronavirus cases rise in at least 40 states, many governors institute or renew orders requiring people to wear face coverings in public. Most of the orders require people to wear masks in both indoor and outdoor public spaces where social distancing isn't possible, but some apply to only specific places or age groups.

None of the orders applies to children younger than 2 or people with a medical condition or disability that prevents them from wearing a face covering.

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Note: Ohio publicly removed its mask requirement and Kentucky very quietly removed its requirement (and it ’ s no longer listed on the KY website). There aren’t any resources on the internet that display which U.S. States have mandatory mask laws and because masks are one of the most

A growing number of US states have mandated the use of masks and face coverings while in public .

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Several states – such as Florida, Georgia and Mississippi – do not have mask mandates but recommend that people wear face masks.

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These states require you to wear a face mask in public:

California

Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statewide order June 18 mandating the use of face masks in indoor public spaces and outdoor public spaces when social distancing is not possible. The order applies while driving or operating any public transportation or private car service or ride-sharing vehicle when passengers are present.

Connecticut

Gov. Ned Lamont issued an order April 20 requiring the use of face masks in public spaces when social distancing is not possible. The order applies when a person is in a taxi, ride-share or public mass transit service or enclosed transit stop.

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Delaware

Gov. John Carney issued an order effective April 28 requiring the use of face masks inside businesses, at health care providers and in outdoor public spaces when social distancing is not possible. It applies to using public transportation or a paratransit vehicle, taxi, private car service or ride-sharing vehicle.

Hawaii

Gov. David Ige issued an order April 17 requiring customers of essential businesses and employees who have contact with customers or goods to wear cloth face masks. The order requires customers waiting to get into businesses to wear masks.

Violations could result in a fine of not more than $5,000 or imprisonment not more than one year, or both, according to the order.

Illinois

Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued an order April 30 requiring the use of face masks in public and at work. The order requires the use of masks in indoor spaces such as stores and other public spaces where social distancing isn't feasible.

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Several states have moved to strengthen their own face covering requirements as case counts around the US continue to surge. New Jersey will now require residents to wear masks outside in all public places where social distancing isn't possible, joining a growing list of states that are strengthening

Kansas

Gov. Laura Kelly issued an order effective July 3 requiring the use of face masks in indoor public spaces or while in line to enter indoor public spaces, at health care providers, in outdoor public spaces when social distancing is not possible, on public transportation or in a taxi, private car service or ride-sharing vehicle.

The order mandates that businesses must require customers and employees to wear masks in spaces visited by the public.

Kentucky

Gov. Andy Beshear issued an order July 9 requiring face coverings in public. The mandate begins July 10 and will last for 30 days. Children under the age of 5 and people with health conditions are exempt. 

Maine

Gov. Janet Mills issued an order effective May 1 requiring the use of face masks in public when social distancing is hard to maintain, including in stores and health facilities, at playgrounds and in parking lots, in lines for takeout services and on public transportation or ride-sharing services.

Maryland

Gov. Larry Hogan issued an order effective April 18 requiring the use of masks or face coverings when inside retail establishments and grocery stores or when riding any form of public transportation. The order requires all essential retail establishments to make staff wear face coverings.

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The mandate extends only to customers who are 9 or older. Those with children ages of 2 to 9 should make "reasonable efforts" to have them use face coverings.

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Massachusetts

Gov. Charlie Baker issued an order effective May 26 requiring the use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces when social distancing is not possible, including on public transportation or ride-sharing services.

Michigan

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an order June 17 requiring the use of face masks when entering a grocery store or pharmacy.

Nevada

Gov. Steve Sisolak  issued an order June 24 requiring the use of face masks in public transportation, work environments, businesses or any generally publicly accessible space.

New Jersey

Gov. Phil Murphy issued an order April 8 requiring customers and workers to use face masks at essential businesses. Businesses must provide, at their expense, face coverings and gloves for their employees, according to the order.

Murphy signed another order July 8 requiring people to wear face masks while outside and unable to maintain a six-foot distance from others.

New Mexico

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued an order May 15 requiring the use of face masks when around others in public, including at the grocery store, pharmacy, health clinic and on public transportation.

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New York

Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an order effective April 17 requiring the use of face masks when in a public place and when unable to maintain social distance.

North Carolina

Gov. Roy Cooper issued an order June 24 requiring people 11 or older to wear face masks in public spaces when unable to maintain social distance.

The order calls out child care facilities, day camps and overnight camps, where workers, all other adults and children 11 or older must wear face coverings within 6 feet of another person.

Ohio

Gov. Mike DeWine issued an order effective July 8 requiring the use of face masks in public in seven counties: Butler County, Cuyahoga County, Franklin County, Hamilton County, Huron County, Montgomery County and Trumbull County.

Children under 10 and other minors who can't wear a face covering are not required to wear one, according to the order. People whose physicians advise against wearing masks are also exempt.

Oregon

Gov. Kate Brown issued an order effective July 1 requiring the use of face masks in indoor public spaces. The order applies to business owners, employees and people visiting indoor public spaces.

Children under 12, as well as people with a disability or a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a face covering, are not required to wear one, according to the order. 

Pennsylvania

The state Department of Health issued an updated order July 1 requiring the use of face masks in indoor public spaces and in outdoor public spaces when social distancing is not possible, at health care facilities, on public transit and ride-sharing vehicles and at work when interacting with the public.

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Rhode Island

Gov. Gina Raimondo issued an order effective May 8 requiring the use of face masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces when social distancing is not possible.

Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott issued an order effective July 3 requiring the use of face masks in public spaces in counties with 20 or more active COVID-19 cases. The governor issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on  outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people.

The order does not apply to people eating, drinking, swimming or exercising or those under 10 years old.

Virginia

Gov. Ralph Northam issued an order May 29 requiring Virginians to wear face coverings in public indoor settings, including on public transportation.

The mandate applies to anyone age 10 and older. It does not apply to people who are eating, drinking or exercising.

Washington

The state secretary of health issued an order effective June 26 requiring people 5 and older to wear face masks in any indoor public setting or when outdoors and unable to maintain social distance.

Gov. Jay Inslee issued an order effective July 7 directing businesses to require and enforce the use of face coverings by all customers or visitors.

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West Virginia

Gov. Jim Justice issued an order effective July 7 requiring the use of face coverings in indoor public settings when social distancing is not possible. The mandate applies to people 9 and older.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: What states require face masks in public? Kansas, Kentucky, Texas join growing list of states where it's mandatory.


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