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These States Now Mandate You to Wear a Face Mask

Don’t leave the house without one during these COVID-19 times.
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"I'm all for masks." That was President Trump just the other day. If even the president can come around to the efficacy of face masks in preventing the spread of COVID-19, so can we all. In fact, a whopping 85% of Americans approve wearing masks, and many prominent Republicans (including the president) join in the support. Here is the newest list of the states that, according to Masks4all, require face masks under certain conditions, in the wake of Texas issuing a statewide mandate.

1

Texas

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Masks Required? Entire State

Type of Requirement: Everywhere in public where social distancing isn't possible (in counties with more than 20 cases)

Law Date: 7/3/2020

2

Kansas

Medical face mask with Kansas flag.
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Masks Required? Entire State

Type of Requirement: Everywhere in public where social distancing isn't possible

Law Date: 7/3/2020

3

Oregon

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Masks Required? Entire State

Type of Requirement: All Public Indoor Spaces (Including Public Transport & Biz's)

Law Date: 7/1/2020

4

Washington

Masks Required? Entire State

Type of Requirement: Everywhere in public where social distancing isn't possible

Law Date: 6/26/2020

5

North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina, USA downtown as viewed from the Capitol Building grounds.
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Masks Required? Entire State

Type of Requirement: Everywhere in public where social distancing isn't possible

Law Date: 6/26/2020

6

Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA skyline over the strip at dusk.
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Masks Required? Entire State

Type of Requirement: Everywhere in public where social distancing isn't possible

Law Date: 6/25/2020

7

California

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Masks Required? Entire State

Type of Requirement: Everywhere in public where social distancing isn't possible

Law Date: 6/18/2020

8

Virginia

Richmond, Virginia, USA downtown skyline on the James River.
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Masks Required? Entire State

Type of Requirement: All Public Indoor Spaces (Including Public Transport & Biz's)

Law Date: 5/29/2020

9

New Mexico

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Masks Required? Entire State

Type of Requirement: Everywhere in public where social distancing isn't possible

Law Date: 5/15/2020 (est.)

10

Massachusetts

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Masks Required? Entire State

Type of Requirement: Everywhere in public where social distancing isn't possible

Law Date: 5/6/2020

11

Delaware

The Delaware State Capitol Building in Dover, Delaware.
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Masks Required? Entire State

Type of Requirement: Everywhere in public

Law Date: 5/1/2020

12

Illinois

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Masks Required? Entire State

Type of Requirement: Everywhere in public where social distancing isn't possible

Law Date: 5/1/2020

13

Maine

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Masks Required? Entire State

Type of Requirement: Everywhere in public

Law Date: 5/1/2020

14

Michigan

Masks Required? Entire State

Type of Requirement: Everywhere in public where social distancing isn't possible

Law Date: 4/26/2020

15

Hawaii

Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head, Honolulu, Oahu Island, Hawaii
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Masks Required? Entire State

Type of Requirement: Only in businesses

Law Date: 4/20/2020

16

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Flag. Coronavirus Covid 19 in U.S. State. Medical mask
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Masks Required? Entire State

Type of Requirement: Everywhere in public where social distancing isn't possible

Law Date: 4/20/2020

17

Maryland

Colorful row houses on Guilford Avenue, in Charles Village, Baltimore, Maryland.
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Masks Required? Entire State

Type of Requirement: Most Public Indoor Spaces (Including Public Transport & Biz's)

Law Date: 4/18/2020

18

Pennsylvania

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Masks Required? Entire State

Type of Requirement: All Public Indoor Spaces (Including Public Transport & Biz's)

Law Date: 4/17/2020

19

Connecticut

Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford, Connecticut, USA during autumn.
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Masks Required? Entire State

Type of Requirement: Everywhere in public where social distancing isn't possible

Law Date: 4/17/2020

20

New York

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Masks Required? Entire State

Type of Requirement: Everywhere in public where social distancing isn't possible

Law Date: 4/15/2020

21

New Jersey

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Masks Required? Entire State

Type of Requirement: All Public Indoor Spaces (Including Public Transport & Biz's)

Law Date: 4/10/2020

22

Alabama

Montgomery, Alabama, USA with the State Capitol at dawn.
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Masks Required? Entire State (Employees Only)

Type of Requirement: Only in businesses

23

Vermont

Montpelier, Vermont, USA town skyline in autumn.
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Masks Required? Entire State (Employees Only)

Type of Requirement: Only in businesses

24

Colorado

Colorado State Flag with Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods in the background on a spring day
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Masks Required? Entire State (Employees Only)

Type of Requirement: Only in businesses

25

Indiana

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Masks Required? Entire State (Employees Only)

26

Nebraska

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Masks Required? Entire State (Employees Only)

27

Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA street cars.
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Masks Required? Entire State (Employees Only)

Type of Requirement: Only in businesses

28

Arkansas

Little Rock, Arkansas, USA downtown skyline on the Arkansas River.
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Masks Required? Entire State (Some Employees)

Type of Requirement: Masks are required for staff in dine-in restaurants and bars and in barbershops, tattoo parlors, and cosmetology establishments

29

Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico Caribbean coast along Paseo de la Princesa.
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Masks Required? Entire Territory

Type of Requirement: Everywhere in public

Law Date: 4/10/2020 (est.)

30

District of Columbia

An American woman wears a mask and goggles at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. to protect herself from the COVID-19 coronavirus.
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Masks Required? Entire Territory

Type of Requirement: Most Public Indoor Spaces (Including Public Transport & Biz's)

Law Date: 4/3/2020

31

Utah

Female Doctor Portrait, protect Face surgical medical mask with Utah Flag

Masks Required? Masks strongly recommended, provides masks for free

Type of Requirement: Strongly encourages, provides masks for free.

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How to Stay Healthy

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Politics aside, the recommendation is to follow the CDC guidelines and wear a mask. "COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Studies and evidence on infection control report that these droplets usually travel around 6 feet (about two arms lengths)," says the agency. "A cloth face covering may not protect the wearer, but it may keep the wearer from spreading the virus to others."

As for you: To get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these Things You Should Never Do During the Coronavirus Pandemic.

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