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Do you know the face mask rules in your state?

  • Hawaii

    An April 17 ruling from Gov. David Ige requires face masks in most public areas in Hawaii, according to Hawaii News Now. Exemptions include banks or at ATMs and for those with pre-existing health conditions that prevent them from wearing face coverings. Children under five years old are also not required.

  • Idaho

    As of press time, the state of Idaho is in Stage 4 of its reopening. Masks are recommended but not required.

  • Illinois

    On May 1, the state of Illinois issued a requirement to wear a mask in public wherever social distancing is not possible. According to Illinois Policy, many towns near Chicago had already instituted the mask requirement prior to Gov. J.B. Pritzker's policy announcement, but now the mandate is statewide.

  • Indiana

    While Indiana requires face coverings for restaurant employees and personal care service employees, masks are only recommended in public settings. The recommendation from the Indiana State Department of Health went into place on April 5. Meanwhile, at least two counties—including St. Joseph and LaGrange—and dozens of private businesses throughout the state require face masks.

  • Iowa

    All of Iowa's 99 counties have reopened restaurants and other businesses, according to Kim Coltrain and Kim Norvell in the Des Moines Register. Gov. Kim Reynolds declared that summer school and school-sponsored sports could resume as of June 1, as well. The Iowa Department of Public Health requires masks for employees and customers if social distancing is not possible. Masks are recommended in the state but are not required.

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  • Kansas

    Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly began recommending Kansans wear face masks in public as of mid-April. The recommendation was met with mixed reviews across the state, with some residents showing no concern, and others taking every precaution.

  • Kentucky

    As of May 11, Gov. Andy Beshear made face masks in public a requirement. He said that people will not be arrested or fined for not complying, but businesses do have the right to turn away people who aren't wearing them.

  • Louisiana

    The Louisiana Department of Health, along with Gov. John Bel Edwards, made face masks a requirement for businesses as of May 1. All employees of businesses who come into contact with the public must wear a mask. For the general public, there is no requirement to wear face masks outside the home. According to 4WWL News, however, the governor's recommendation can technically be enforced through misdemeanor charges.

  • Maine

    On April 29, Maine Gov. Janet Mills issued an order that required face masks for anyone in most public spaces. Despite this order, the Press Herald on June 21 reported the ruling was not being enforced.

  • Maryland

    Beginning April 18, Maryland's Gov. Larry Hogan required masks for commuters on Maryland's public transit. Employees in many public-facing businesses, as well as customers over the age of 9, are also required to wear masks. The order is in place as long as the state of emergency is in effect.

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