Face Mask Mandates

Date of last comprehensive review: 8/27/2021

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State Public face mask mandate start Public face mask mandate start x2 Business face mask mandate start Face mask mandate end for fully vaccinated Face mask mandate resumed for fully vaccinated Face mask mandate in areas with substantial and high COVID-19 transmission rates Face mask mandate in schools for 2021-22 school year Face mask mandate end Face mask mandate end x2 Public face mask mandate currently in place for everyone Banned school face mask mandates Banned other local face mask mandates Judicial decision blocked state from enforcing bans on mask mandates in schools Notes
AlabamaJul 16, 2020--May 11, 2020Apr 9, 2021------Apr 9, 2021--------
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AL - 7/13 order mandated face mask use in public spaces in some counties but not statewide; statewide face mask mandate only applies to close contact personal service employees, restaurant employees, and gym employees
AlaskaApr 24, 2020--Apr 24, 2020May 22, 2021------May 22, 2020--------
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AK - Businesses subject to fine and/or closure if non-compliant w/ face mask mandate; individuals can face fines and charges of reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor. Masks were required only by customers in retail and personal care services, but only up to 5/22/2020 when the state's stay at home order ended and the state entered phase 3 of its reopening plan.
Arizona----May 8, 2020Mar 25, 2021------Mar 25, 2021--Jun 30, 2021Mar 25, 2021--
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AZ - Prohibits government officials from requiring businesses to enforce mask mandates; Face masks required only for close contact personal care; starting 3/30 local governments prevented from passing laws stricter than what was implemented at the state level (remained in place until 6/17 when a mask mandate was put into place)
ArkansasJul 20, 2020--May 11, 2020Mar 30, 2021------Mar 30, 2021--Apr 28, 2021Apr 28, 2021Aug 7, 2021
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AR - Recommended but not required to wear face masks in public; 7/3 order allows cities to mandate face masks, but does not mandate face masks at state-wide level; face masks required for restaurant staff, gym/fitness center workers
CaliforniaJun 18, 2020--May 5, 2020Jun 15, 2021----Aug 2, 2021----------
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CA - Mandated face mask use by grocery store employees
ColoradoJul 16, 2020--Apr 23, 2020May 15, 2021------May 15, 2021--------
ConnecticutApr 20, 2020--Apr 3, 2020May 19, 2021----Aug 7, 2021----------
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CT - Mandated face mask use by all essential employees
DelawareApr 28, 2020--May 1, 2020May 21, 2021----Aug 16, 2021May 21, 2021--------
District of ColumbiaJul 22, 2020--Apr 17, 2020May 17, 2021Jul 31, 2021--Jul 31, 2021----------
Florida----May 11, 2020May 4, 2021------May 4, 2021--Jul 30, 2021Jul 1, 2021Sep 8, 2021
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FL - Mandated face mask use by personal care employees
Georgia----Apr 24, 2020May 1, 2021------May 1, 2021----Aug 19, 2021--
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GA - Face mask use recommended in public spaces but not required; face mask use by employees in public-facing businesses required in order to reopen; state barred localities from passing more rigorous mask laws than the state, resulting in a lawsuit (has since been withdrawn) against Atlanta for its attempts at passing mask requirements
HawaiiNov 16, 2020--Jun 11, 2020------Jul 30, 2021----------
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HI - Every county mandated face mask use but no statewide mandate; State-wide EO suggested masks but in stores it is required and to be enforced by the businesses. Each county has their own laws but there was never a statewide mandate. Only a suggestion.
Idaho------------------------
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ID - Face mask use recommended but not required in public spaces; Employers allowed to decide whether or not to require face mask use by employees
IllinoisMay 1, 2020Aug 30, 2021May 1, 2020Jun 11, 2021----Aug 4, 2021Jun 11, 2021--------
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IL – Fine and misdemeanor for a business in violation 3x
IndianaJul 27, 2020--May 1, 2020Apr 6, 2021------Apr 6, 2021--------
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IN – recommended but not required
IowaNov 17, 2020--Nov 17, 2020Feb 7, 2021------Feb 7, 2021--May 20, 2021May 20, 2021Sep 13, 2021
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IA – Face mask order applicable in public businesses and executive branch buildings. Does not apply outdoors or in judicial or legislative areas.
KansasJul 3, 2020--Jul 10, 2020Apr 1, 2021------Apr 1, 2021--------
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KS – recommended but not required
KentuckyJul 10, 2020--May 11, 2020May 13, 2021------Jun 11, 2021--------
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KY - 5/11 issued an order mandating that anyone in a business must wear a mask; 7/10 issued a stricter face mask policy mandating face mask use in most situations where an individual is in public
LouisianaAug 7, 2020Aug 4, 2021May 1, 2020Apr 28, 2021----Aug 4, 2021Apr 28, 2021--------
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LA – initially recommended but not required on 7/13 a state mandate was passed however it exempts parishes with lower rates of infection. From the start 3 parishes were allowed to out of the rule and so the order has never applied statewide.
MaineMay 1, 2020--May 1, 2020May 24, 2021------May 24, 2021--------
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ME – on 7/8/2020 ME issued a renewed EO that added a civil penalty against business or permit holders in violation of these orders, including revocation of licence or permit.
MarylandApr 18, 2020--Apr 18, 2020May 15, 2021------May 15, 2021--------
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MD – First facemask order was issued on april 18. On July 31 2020 the order was expanded to more indoor spaces and situations and stipulated mask use outside when social distancing can not be maintained.
MassachusettsMay 6, 2020--May 6, 2020May 29, 2021----Aug 24, 2021May 29, 2021--------
MichiganApr 27, 2020Oct 5, 2020Apr 27, 2020May 15, 2021------Oct 2, 2020Jun 22, 2021------
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MI - 7/10 order with penalties of $500 for those who refuse to wear face masks in public areas
MinnesotaJul 25, 2020--Jul 25, 2020May 14, 2021------May 14, 2021--------
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MN – recommended but not required
MississippiAug 5, 2020--May 7, 2020Sep 30, 2020------Sep 30, 2020--------
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MS – ordered by Governor's EO in some counties. Recommended but not required in other counties. On 8/5 masks were mandated. On 9/30 the rule was repealed. On 11/11/2020 there was an order requiring masks only in some counties but the rules do not apply statewide.
Missouri------------------------
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MO – recommended but not required
MontanaJul 15, 2020--Jul 15, 2020Feb 12, 2021------Feb 12, 2021----May 7, 2021--
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MT – 7/15 governor mandated face mask use in counties with four or more active COVID cases, but not a statewide order
Nebraska------------------------
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NE – Gov threatened to withhold federal funding from local governments that tried to pass mask laws.
NevadaJun 26, 2020--May 9, 2020May 13, 2021--Jul 30, 2021------------
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NV – recommended but not required
New HampshireNov 20, 2020--May 1, 2020Apr 16, 2021------Apr 16, 2021--------
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NH – 8/11/2020 order requires facemasks at events with over 100 people in attendance.
New JerseyApr 8, 2020--Apr 8, 2020May 28, 2021----Aug 9, 2021May 28, 2021--------
New MexicoMay 15, 2020--May 6, 2020May 14, 2021Aug 20, 2021--Aug 20, 2021----------
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NM - Face mask mandate for elementary schools only for 2021-22 school year
New YorkApr 17, 2020--Apr 17, 2020May 19, 2021----Aug 27, 2021----------
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NY – allows for both civil and criminal penalties for a violation but as of 7/9/2020 limits the punishment to a fine of $1000.
North CarolinaJun 26, 2020--Jun 26, 2020May 14, 2021------May 14, 2021--------
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NC – recommended but not required; NC- citations for businesses in violation of the rule. Individuals can not be charged directly for a facemask violation but they can face criminal trespass charges. NC-left it up to individual establishments
North DakotaNov 14, 2020--Apr 28, 2020Jan 18, 2021------Jan 18, 2021----Apr 22, 2021--
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ND – recommended but not required. 11/14/2020 includes exceptions for children under age 5, individuals with a medical or mental health condition or disability that makes it unreasonable to wear a mask, and religious services. ND-Just applies to employees in personal care services
OhioJul 23, 2020--Apr 29, 2020May 14, 2021------Jun 2, 2021--------
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OH – 7/7 Governor mandated face mask use in seven counties, but not state-wide. 7/23 face mask order issued statewide. 11/11/2020 update new provisions for stores to put up signage and a greater onus on buisness owners to enforce the law.
Oklahoma------------------Jul 1, 2021----
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OK - Mask mandates banned for all buildings and office space owned or leased by the State and open to the public
OregonJul 1, 2020Aug 13, 2021May 9, 2020May 13, 2021----Jul 29, 2021Jun 30, 2021--------
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OR - Initially required face masks on public transit but recommended for all other situations; 7/1 order mandated face masks for all public areas; Face mask mandate for public schools only for 2021-22 school year
PennsylvaniaJul 1, 2020--Apr 19, 2020May 13, 2021----Sep 7, 2021Jun 28, 2021--------
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PA – 4/19 only required face masks for customers in businesses, expanded order 7/1 to include all public areas
Rhode IslandMay 8, 2020--Apr 18, 2020May 18, 2021----Aug 19, 2021Jul 6, 2021--------
South Carolina----Aug 3, 2020May 11, 2021------May 11, 2021--May 11, 2021May 11, 2021--
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SC - Encouraged but did not require essential employees to use face masks. 8/3/2020 new executive order requires all employees and patrons of restaurants to wear a mask and also requires masks while in state government facilities.
South Dakota------------------------
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SD – encouraged but not required
Tennessee------------------Aug 16, 2021--Sep 3, 2021
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TN – encouraged but not required. 8/3/2020 issued order allowing local governments in the state to pass their own mask mandates. TN- encouraged but didn't require employees to wear a mask at work
TexasJul 3, 2020--Jul 3, 2020Mar 10, 2021------Mar 10, 2021--Jun 5, 2021May 18, 2021Aug 25, 2021
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TX - Public schools could continue to mandate face masks until 6/5/2021
UtahApr 10, 2020Nov 9, 2020Apr 10, 2020Apr 10, 2021------May 1, 2020Apr 10, 2021May 28, 2021----
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UT - Prohibits mask mandates at any public or higher education institutions; First required facemasks as part of the safer-at-home order (recorded this date as the start of face mask mandates for the state and not from any subsequent independent orders); Stay-at-home order expired 5/1/2020; State required masks in certain high risk areas but rule no longer applies state wide; New order in place 11/9/2020-11/23/2020
VermontAug 1, 2020--Apr 17, 2020May 14, 2021------Jun 14, 2021--------
VirginiaMay 29, 2020--May 29, 2020May 15, 2021----Jul 27, 2021May 15, 2021--------
WashingtonJun 26, 2020--Jun 8, 2020May 13, 2021Aug 23, 2021--Jul 28, 2021----------
West VirginiaJul 7, 2020--May 11, 2020May 14, 2021------Jun 20, 2021--------
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WV – 5/4 customers of personal care services must wear face masks; WV-applies to first wave of opening businesses (personal care services)
WisconsinAug 1, 2020--Aug 1, 2020Mar 31, 2021------Mar 31, 2021--------
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WI – recommended but not required. updated August to a requirement. As of 11/20 the order has been extended through Jan 19, 2021
WyomingDec 9, 2020--May 1, 2020Mar 16, 2021------Mar 16, 2021--------
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