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

Author: XpertHR Editorial Team

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommend the wearing of face coverings (e.g., masks) to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). In order to align with this recommendation, many states have implemented orders requiring all employees to wear a face covering during the pandemic while at work, especially when social distancing is difficult to achieve.

Several states only require face coverings to be worn by employees in certain industries, such as personal services and retail. And some states require employers to pay for and provide the face coverings to employees.

The following chart presents each state's workplace face-covering requirements, including:

  • Whether employees must wear a face covering;
  • Which employers must provide them to their employees; and
  • Relevant government resources.

This chart does not include face covering requirements imposed by localities and whether other personal protective equipment (e.g., gloves) is required. Also not addressed is whether customers or visitors to an establishment are required to wear a face covering. Employers are urged to consult the relevant state and local government agencies for further information on those issues.