STATE FACE COVERING POLICIES

The following tracker provides the status of state and territory COVID-19 mask/face covering orders, guidance, and requirements.


Last Reviewed: 14 Oct 2020

The following tracker provides the status of state and territory COVID-19 mask/face covering orders, guidance, and requirements. The purpose of this tracker is to share information about the current status of mask/face covering orders/guidance and information related to statewide actions, effective dates, and state-specific requirements. The chart includes links to current orders/guidance.

Please note this list may not be exhaustive, information may be out of date, and not every type of order/guidance may be represented. If an order is ongoing, that typically means it will remain in effect for the duration of the emergency. Lapsed/rescinded statewide orders/guidance, as well as local actions, are not included. NGA staff will continue to track COVID-19 mask/face covering orders/guidance and update this document.

State/TerritoryMechanism of Executive Action Statewide RequirementEffective Dates of Order Specific Requirements Exceptions/ExemptionsAdditional Links (Industry specific guidelines, extended EOs, etc.)
AlabamaProclamationYesExtended to Nov. 8, 2020Public settings (indoor space, vehicle operated by a transporation service, outdoor public space where 10 or more people are gathered).Children 6 years or younger, persons with medical conditions/disability that prevents him or her from wearing a facial covering, when eating/drinking, exercise, effective communication, constitutionally protected activity (e.g., voting, active religious worship), essential job functions (e.g., first responders).
AlaskaRecommendationNoN/AState does not require the use of masks by the public, but strongly encourages individuals to wear a mask in public where social distancing is not possible.N/A
America SamoaRecommendationNoN/AStrongly urged and encouraged to use face masks when in public. N/A
ArizonaRecommendationFor certain settings, see specific requirementsN/AMasks required for employees of barbers/cosmetologists and all at gyms.N/AGyms
ArkansasExecutive OrderYesExtended through Dec. 12, 2020Indoor settings where social distancing cannot be maintained.Children younger than 10, people with a medical consdition/disability that prevents them from wearing a face covering, persons performing job duties where a 6 feet distance is not achievable, but a mask is inhibitory to the ability to safety and effectively perform the job duty, eating/drinking, voting, religious workship, driving alone, speeches, low risk counties).EO 20-43
CaliforniaDept. of Health Public GuidanceYesOngoingPublic settings.Children younger than 2, people with medical conditions/disabilities that prevent them from wearing a face covering, hearing impaired, certain work settings, eating/drinking).
CNMIEmergency DirectivesNoN/AEstablishments are strongly encouraged to enforce social distancing precautions and to promote the wearing of face masks by employees and customers at all times; people are strongly encouraged to wear face masks outside the home.N/A
ColoradoExecutive OrderYesExtended through Nov. 10, 2020Public indoor settings.Children under 10, people who cannot medically tolerate a face covering, hearing impaired, eating/drinking, exercising alone, identification purposes, first responders, religious service officiants, speeches).EO 2020 190
Connecticut Executive OrderYesExtended through Feb. 14, 2021Public settings (indoor and outdoor) where social distancing cannot be maintained. Also when using any taxi, car, ride-sharing, or mass public transit, or within and semi-enclsed transit stop or waiting area. Children under 2, people with medical conditions (with documentation that they cannot wear a mask). EO No. 7NNN
DelawareEmergency DeclarationYesOngoingPublic settingsChrildren under 2 years of age or if doing so would inhibit an individual's health.EO for Pre-K and K-12 settings
FloridaRecommendationNoN/ARecommends wearing a mask in any setting where social distancing is not possible. N/A
GeorgiaRecommendationNoN/AResidents 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. N/A
GuamExecutive OrderYesExtended through Nov. 1, 2020Public settings where social distancing is not possibleUnless engaged in physical exercise.
HawaiiProclamationYesExtended through Oct. 31, 2020Employees/Patrons of businesses
IdahoRecommendationNoN/AEmployers should identify how personal use items such as masks, face coverings, and gloves may be required by employees, vendors, and/or patrons; Vulnerable individuals in Idaho may resume public interactions but should practice physical distancing and wear face coverings or masks while in public.
IllinoisExecutive OrderYesExtended through Oct. 17, 2020. Wear a face covering in public places or when working. Any individual who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face covering (a mask or cloth face covering) shall be 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.Free exercise of religion, emergency functions, government functions, EO 2020 -55
IndianaExecutive OrderYesExtended through Nov. 1, 2020Inside a business, public building, or other indorr place open to the public (not including private offices where social distancing can be maintained); outdoor places where social distancing cannot be maintained; when using public transportation, taxi, private car service, or ride-sharingchildren under 8, any person with a medical condition or disbaility which prevents them from wearing a face covering, any person with a hearing impairment, if wearing a face covering creates a risk to a person in their work, eating/drinking, exercise/sports activity/swimming, driving, identification purposes, court proceedings, incarcerated individuals, speeches, religious services engagement. EO 20-37
IowaProclamationNoN/AStrongly encourage all Iowans two or older to wear a mask or other face covering when in public settings
KansasExecutive OrderYesExtended by the State and Finance Council until October 15, 2020.Inside or in line to enter any indoor public space; healthcare settings; public transpotation/ridesharing; in outdoor settings where social distancing cannot be maintained; all businesses; K-12 settingsChildren 5 and under; persons with a medical condition or disability; persons who are hard of heating, persons for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work; identification; eating/drinking; sport activities; persons engaged in any activity or even held or managed by the Kansas Legislature; persons engaged in any court-related proceeding; persons engaged in any lawful activity which wearing a mask or other face covering is prohbibited by law; individual counties may rescind the orderEO 20-59 for k-12 Schools
KentuckyExecutive OrderYesExtended through Nov. 5, 2020While inside (or waiting to enter) any retail establishment, grocery story, pharmacy, hair salon/barbershop, nail salon/spa, tattoo parlow, child care facility, restaurant or bar (when not eating/drinking), health care setting, or any other indoor public space where social distancing is not possible; public transportation/ride sharing; outdoor public spaces where social distancing cannot be maintainedChildren age 5 or younger; any person with a disability that prevents them from safely wearing a face covering; persons who are deaf/hard of hearing; any person engaged in work that a state or federal regulator has concluded would make wearing a face covering a risk to their health or safety; eating/drinking; identification purposes; speeeches, swimming; actively participating in a sports event; any person who is engaged in a lawful activity where federal or state law prohibits wearing a face covering.
LouisianaProclamationYesExtended though Nov. 6, 2020.Required inside a commercial establishment or any other building or space open to the public, whether indoor or outdoor, including public or commercial modes of transportationAny individual who will not come in contact with any other individual or who will be able to maintain social distancing; children under 8; an individual with a medical condition that prevents the wearing of a face covering; eating/drinking; individuals with communication disorders; speeches; identification; any athlete participating in organized athletic events.
MaineProclamationYesOngoingPublic Settings, including indoor spaces, outdoor places, and transportationhttps://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/sites/maine.gov.governor.mills/files/inline-files/An Order to Stay Safer at Home.pdfRetail/Business Enforcment EO
MarylandExecutive OrderYesOngoingPublic indoor loactins, outdoors if unable to maintain social distance; obtaining health services; engaged in certain work activities (i.e., interacting with others, food service)Children 4 and younger; due to a bona fide disability or medical condition; individuals with hearing impairment; unsafe work condition; eating/drinking; swimming/other phsyical activities where a mask is a safety risk
MassachusettsOrderYesOngoingPublic settings (indoor and outdoor) where social distancing cannot be maintained, including transportation services; Children 2 and under; individuals with a medical condition
MichiganDepartment of Health and Human Services DirectiveYesOct. 30, 2020Businesses, government offices, schools, and other indoor operationshttps://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/MIEOG/2020/09/25/file_attachments/1556015/EO 2020-185 Emerg order - Education order amendment.pdfEO 2020-185
MinnesotaExecutive OrderYesOngoingIndoor businesses, indoor public settings, public/ride sharing transportationIndividuals with a medical condition or disability; children 5 and younger; individuals at their workplace when wearing a face covering would create a job hazard; organized sports in an indoor place; exercising indoor if social distancing can be maintained; testifying/speaking/performing in indoor space; swimming, showering; identification; hearing impaired; receiving certain services (ie dental, medical procedure, personal care service); when alone; public safety workers
MississippiExecutive OrderNoN/AAll persons within the State of Mississippi are strongly encouraged to follow the CDC’s and Mississippi Department of Health’s guidelines, including wearing a face covering in public where social distancing cannot be maintained.
MissouriGuidanceNoN/ARecommended in public settings where social distancing cannot be maintained.
MontanaDirectiveYesOngoingPublic indoor settings; outdoor settings where social distancing cannot be maintained. Children under 5; eating/drinking; activities where it is not safe to wear (swimming/strenuous physical exercise); hearing impaired; speeches; performances; identification; receiving medical treatment; persons who have a medical condition precluding the safe wearing of a face covering
NebraskaDepartment of Health and Human Services Directed Health MeasureFor certain settings, see specific requirementsN/ARequired for clients and staff at barbershops, salons, and other personal-care businesses; recommended for restaurant employees and for the general population in public.
NevadaExecutive DirectiveYesOngoingPublic spaced, whether publicly owneed or privately owned Children age 9 or younger; homeless individuals; individuals who cannot wear a face covering due to a medical condition or disability; if wearing a face covering creates a work-related risk; certain temporary services; eating/drinking; outdoor recreation (swimming, walking, biking, hiking, running) where social distance can be maintained; incarcerated individuals.
New HampshireExecutive OrderFor certain settings, see specific requirementsN/ARequired for all persons who attend/are present at the following activities: scheduled gatherings of 100 people or more for social, spiritual, or recreational activities; Scheduled gatherings where attendees can keep social distance; government; k-12 schools; children under 2EO 157
New JerseyExecutive OrderYesN/Aindoor public spaces; transportation; outdoor public settings where social distancing is not possibleDoes not apply when wearing a face covering would inhibit an individual's health (including exercise, swimming, if it would pose a safety risk; children under 2); eating/drinking; if you need to briefly uncover for religious reasons; outdoor public settings do not include child care cetners or youth summer cmaps (which have separate standards)
New MexicoPublic Health OrderYesExtended through Oct. 16, 2020Public settingsEating, drinking, swimming
New YorkExecutive OrderYesOngoingAny individual who is 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. Children younger than 2; individuals who are unable to medically tolerate a face-coveringSec 66-3.2 - Face Coverings
North CarolinaExecutive OrderYesExtended through Oct. 23, 2020Public places, indoor and outdoor, where social distancing is not possibleChildren under 5; individual's with medical conditions or disabilities; eating/drinking; strenuously exercising; hearing impaired; speeches; when at home or in personal vehicles; identification; work safety risks
North DakotaRecommendationNoN/AEncourages employers to recommend staff and customers wear face coverings where it is difficult to maintain social distancing,
OhioStatewide Mask OrderYesOngoingIndoor spaces; outdoor settings where you cannot maintain a social distance; public transportation/ride-sharingChildren under 10; individuals with medical conditions or a disability; hearing impaired; alone in an office; exercising at a guy (as long as 6 ft away); individuals actively engaged in a public safety capacity; eating/drinking; facial covering prohibited by law or regulation; in violation of documented industry standards/safety policies; broadcast communications; officient of a religious service; industrial/manufacturing facilities (as long as 6 ft away); child care centers; schools have separate guidelines
OklahomaRecommendationNoN/AEncouraged in public settings.
OregonOR Health Authority Statewide GuidanceYesOngoingAll businesses; all persons in public indoor and outdoor spacesChildren under 5; in certain instances where 6 ft distance can be maintained; eating/drinking; when engaged in an activity where wearing a mask is not feasible (eg. Swimming); identification; individuals with a medical condition or disability
PennsylvaniaOrder from PA Dept. of HealthYesOngoingOutdoors and unable to maintain a distance of 6 ft; public indoor spaces; transporation/ride sharing; when receiving services in a healthcare setting; engaged in work where you interact with other people.Individuals with a medical condition or disability; individuals for whom wearing a mask while working would create an unsafe condition; individuals who would be unable to remove a mask withour assistance; children under 2; hearing impaired
Puerto RicoExecutive OrderYesExtended through Oct. 16, 2020Public setting; business operations
Rhode IslandExecutvie OrderYesExtended through Nov. 2, 2020Indoor or outdoor public settings where social distancing cannot be maintained Ay person shall wear a face covering unless doing do would damage the person's health; children under 2; Persons who are developmentally unable to comply, including young children; EO 20-60
South CarolinaExecutive OrderFor certain settings, see specific requirementsOngoingUrges counties and municipalities of the State to enact or implement
appropriate and narrowly tailored emergency ordinances, orders, or other measures requiring individuals to wear a Face Covering where social distancing is not possible; Required in state government offices, buildings, and facilities.
Children 2 and under; hearing impaired; persons with mental or behavorial health conditions or persons with a disability; eating/drinking; when strenuously exercising; driving alone or with a member of the household; persons assiting with the administration of an election; identification; incarcertated individuals (separate standards apply); persons for whoome wearing a face covering would create a risk due to occupation.
South DakotaRecommendationsNoN/ARecommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
TennesseeExecutive OrderNoExtended through Oct. 30, 2020 Persons are urged to wear face coverings in public place; Provides local governments with authority concerning face coverings.
TexasExecutive OrderYesOngoingInside a commercial entity or other building space open to the public, or when in an outdoor public space, wherever it is not feasible to maintain social distancing.Children younger than 10; persons with a medical condition or disability that prevents them from wearing a face covering; eating/drinking; exercising outdoors; driving alone or with people inyour household; identification; swimming; voting/polling/election activity; any person activiely providing or obtaining access to religious worship; speeches; specific counties;
UtahUtah Health GuidanceYesExpires at end of declared statewide state of emergencyCounties with high level of transmission; Any establishment that allows public gathering, such as live events, movie theatres, sporting events, weddings, recreation and entertainment; Mandatory order for certain businesses; Masks required in state buildings; k-12 and other counties may have other mandates that apply children younger than 3; in a child care setting; medical condition or disability; hearing impaired; eating/drinking; performers State Facilities
VermontExecutive OrderYesExtended through Oct. 15th, 2020Masks or Cloth Facial Coverings Required in Public Wherever Close Contact is UnavoidableWhen engaged in strenuous exercise or activity; anyone under 2; a child or adult with a medical or developmental issue; anyone with difficulty breathing.
USVIExecutive OrderYesExpires at end of declared emergencyPublic settings; public transportation/ride-sharingChildren under 2; if a person is unconcious, incpacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance; individuals who have a physicina's certification that they have a respiratory condition preventing them from wearing a mask; when engaged in active exercise
VirginiaExecutive OrderYesOngoingIndoor public settings/Business patrons and employeesChildren under 10; eating/drinking; exercising; persons who have trouble breathing or cannot remove mask without assistance; hearing impaired; when necessary to secure government or medical services; persons with health conditions that prohibit wearing a face covering
WashingtonOrder of the Secretary of HealthYesOngoingPublic spaces (indoors in most situations, and outdoors when proper physical distancing can’t be maintained).Eating/drinking; exercise; showering/bathing; hearing impaired; while obtaining a service that requires temporaily removing the face covering; sleeping; identification; when federal/state law prohibits wearing a face mask; when unable to put on a face mask due to an emergency; children younger than 5; persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, development/cognitive condition, or disability.
West VirginiaExecutive OrderYesN/AIndoor spacesEating/drinking; children under 9; anyone who has trouble breathing
WisconsinEmergency OrderYesExtended through Nov. 21st, 2020Indoors or in an enclosed space if another person/persons are present from outside an individual's household; strongly recommended in all other settings, including outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained. Children under 5; eating/drinking; hearing impaired; when obtaining a service that requires the temporary removal of the face covering; while sleeping; swimming; when a single individual is involved in a religious, political, educational, artisitic, cultural, musical, or theatrical presentation for an audience; when engaging in work where wearing a face covering would create a risk to the individual; identification; when federal/state laws prohibit wearing a face covering.
WyomingState Public Health OrderFor certain settings, see specific requirementsExtended to Oct. 31, 2020Certain indoor settings when social distancing is not possible; educational institutions; recommended for other settingsChildren younger than 3; people who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove their face covering; hearing impaired.

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