Thirty-four states have statewide mask orders—what are the restrictions in your state?

Thirty-four states have statewide orders requiring individuals to wear masks in indoor or outdoor public spaces, as of August 6. All 24 states with a Democratic governor have statewide mask orders, while 10 out of 26 Republican states require face coverings.

The mask requirements have been issued across five months:
Three orders have been issued in August.
13 orders were initially issued in July.
Four orders were initially issued in June.
Six orders were initially issued in May.

Eight orders were initially issued in April.

No states have allowed their mask orders to expire. Georgia is the only state where a statewide executive order prohibits localities from implementing mask restrictions.

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