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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Face-Covering Requirements by State

Author: XpertHR Editorial Team

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many states are issuing temporary orders mandating the wearing of face coverings (e.g., masks) in certain settings. State requirements may change based on several factors, including vaccination rates, surges in COVID-19 cases or guidance from federal agencies, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The following chart presents each state's face-covering requirements as well as relevant government resources.

Note that states, such as Virginia, may have implemented permanent face-covering requirements based on various factors (e.g., employees' exposure risk and the nature of the business), which are not addressed in this chart. However, information regarding states' permanent face-covering requirements is included in the HR and Workplace Safety sections of the Employment Law Manual.

This chart does not address federal or state guidance recommending the use of face coverings or local requirements. This chart also excludes face-covering requirements imposed in educational or certain healthcare settings. Employers are urged to consult relevant federal, state and local government agencies for further information.