An order from Gov. Charles Baker made it a requirement for the general public to use face masks starting May 6 in indoor and outdoor spaces where social distancing is not possible. The state entered the second step of Phase 2 of its reopening on June 22.
As of June 18, the state of Michigan put into effect a requirement for all residents to wear face masks in all public settings. The rule also gives businesses the right to refuse individuals who are not covered. There is no criminal charge for not wearing a mask.
The state of Minnesota requires workers at retail establishments to wear masks when interacting with customers for purposes of curbside or outdoor pickup, or delivery. There is no statewide requirement for wearing masks, however, the Twin Cities Pioneer Press states that as of May 26, Minneapolis has made it mandatory to wear masks "inside stores, hotels, recreation centers, the skyway system, and other government buildings."
Gov. Tate Reeves on May 12 buckled down on parts of the state where COVID-19 cases were spiking. Reeves passed an executive order to make masks mandatory in certain situations in seven rural counties in eastern Mississippi: Attala, Leake, Scott, Jasper, Neshoba, Newton, and Lauderdale. Masks are required at outdoor events and on those shopping inside retail businesses. Employees are required to wear masks while working.
Gov. Mike Parson has refused to make face masks mandatory in the state of Missouri. According to Business Insider, Parson said that it is not the government's place to make this decision for the people.
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Montana entered Phase 2 of its reopening plan on June 1. Gov. Steve Bullock announced that this means the end of mandatory quarantine of visitors, among other announcements. The governor strongly urges people to wear masks, though it is not required. As of June 25, the state had 803 confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Nebraska has set deadlines for county courthouses and offices to reopen. Gov. Pete Ricketts encourages, but doesn't require, masks, according to an article in CNN. The article also states that the governor has told local governments that they will not get COVID-19 relief funding if they make mask-wearing a requirement in government buildings. Lancaster County has among the highest cases in Nebraska and has specific requirements for county businesses, including masks for restaurant employees.
Face masks in Nevada are encouraged but not required. However, The Nevada Independent reported that due to a rising number of cases of COVID-19 in the state, Gov. Steve Sisolak is considering making it a requirement for the general public to wear masks in public.
New Hampshire does not have a statewide face mask or covering mandate. But on May 21, the Nashua City Council passed its own mandate, which required people to wear face coverings in public establishments. The penalty is up to $1,000 for failure to do so.
New Jersey was the first state to require customers and employees to wear face masks at essential businesses and construction sites. The mandate went into effect on April 8. Commuters on New Jersey's public transportation system are all required to wear face coverings, as well. The order was expanded on April 11 to apply to people picking up take-out.2018 All rights reserved.