Pack Your Masks When Traveling to These States

Iowa on Monday became the latest state to implement a mask mandate to fight COVID-19, amid a steep spike in cases across the country.

 

The big picture: States are reintroducing mitigation efforts like closing businesses and advising people to stay home as the U.S. averages the most daily cases of any point in the pandemic.

 

“Masks do not negatively affect our economy, and wearing them is the easiest way to slow the spread of the virus,” said Utah Gov. Gary Herbert. “We cannot afford to debate this issue any longer. Individual freedom is certainly important, and it is our rule of law that protects that freedom.”

“Our situation has changed, and we must change with it,” said North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum in a statement on Friday.

 

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves only extended the mask mandate in 15 counties, which will be in effect until at least Dec. 11. Teachers and students are still required to cover their face.

 

Why it matters: The new surge in coronavirus cases has forced governors to enforce stricter mandates to prevent their hospitals from nearing capacity.

 

“Masks do not negatively affect our economy, and wearing them is the easiest way to slow the spread of the virus,” said Utah Gov. Gary Herbert. “We cannot afford to debate this issue any longer. Individual freedom is certainly important, and it is our rule of law that protects that freedom.”

 

“Our situation has changed, and we must change with it,” said North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum in a statement on Friday.

 

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves only extended the mask mandate in 15 counties, which will be in effect until at least Dec. 11. Teachers and students are still required to cover their face.

 

Why it matters: The new surge in coronavirus cases has forced governors to enforce stricter mandates to prevent their hospitals from nearing capacity.

 

 

States/territories that are mandating facial coverings in public:

 

1. Alabama

2. Arkansas

3. California

4. Colorado

5. Connecticut

6. Delaware

7. District of Columbia

8. Hawaii

9. Illinois

10. Indiana

11. Iowa

12. Kansas

13. Kentucky

14. Louisiana

15. Maine

16. Maryland

17. Massachusetts

18. Michigan

19. Minnesota

20. Montana

21. Nevada

22. New Jersey

23. New Mexico

24. New York

25. North Carolina

26. North Dakota

27. Ohio

28. Oregon

29. Pennsylvania

30. Rhode Island

31. Texas

32. Utah

33. Virginia

34. Vermont

35. Washington

36. West Virginia

37. Wisconsin

 

Of note: Some city and local governments such as Phoenix and Jacksonville have enacted mandates as well. Other states vary in exemption qualifications, such as cutoff ages for children as well as medical conditions. They also have rules for people in certain situations, such as taking public transit, shopping and exercising.

 
 
By Marisa Fernandez, Maria Arias
 
This article originally appeared on Axios.

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