The South Dakota Department of Health has a recommendation that residents wear masks in public. The recommendation, however, is not a mandate. The Capital Journal reported that several residents of South Dakota are making their opinions known by placing surgical masks on the bronze statues that represent South Dakota's past governors.
In Tennessee, employees are encouraged to wear a face covering at work. The public is also encouraged to wear face coverings, but this is not a requirement. The state says that businesses have the right to refuse customers for not wearing face masks.
An April 28 announcement from Gov. Greg Abbott recommended that all residents cover their faces in public, which overruled county-level mandates. However, on June 20 the Texas Tribune reported that counties and cities are now ordering that masks be required. Gov. Abbott did not oppose it. As of June 19, Bear, Travis, Hidalgo, Cameron, El Paso, Harris, and Dallas counties have issued orders mandating businesses to require face masks.
Utah's health officials stand by the line that masks are highly recommended. They are not required, however. At a June 17 press conference, state epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn said that the state did not have any plans to make masks required.
For the majority of the public health emergency, Gov. Phil Scott's executive orders encouraged but did not require face masks. As of June 17, a few major municipalities began requiring them, including Burlington, Brattleboro, South Burlington, Montpelier, and Wilmington.
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On May 26, Virginians were required to start covering their faces in public settings, according to a mandate from Gov. Ralph Northam. Everyone 10 and older is required to wear face masks in certain public places, according to the ordinance.
Gov. Jay Inslee on June 23 announced a new government mandate that people wear masks anytime they are out beginning June 26. The ruling comes as case counts ballooned throughout Washington.
Mayor Muriel Bowser on May 16 made the use of face masks mandatory when traveling, conducting business, shopping, and picking up takeout in Washington, D.C. Masks are also required on public transportation if individuals cannot be six feet apart.
Residents in West Virginia are advised to wear face coverings in public places, and as of mid-June, the West Virginia Governor's Office ordered that those handling, cooking, and serving food in restaurants must wear a mask.
Wisconsin is one of four states without any mask requirements. They still remain only a recommendation.
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