More and more US statesthis month, and many cities, counties and states are taking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation to wear a face mask or facial coating in public one step longer. Some make it compulsory to cover, enforced in many places with fines or arrest unless you wear your face mask where you should be. Although there is no local ordinance for wearing masks, some stores will not let you in if you do not do so
Last month, the CDC changed its guidance on non-medical masks and urged the public to wear them as a "voluntary health measure" ". Homemade face masks and coatings may notbut they are believed to block larger particles from coughing, sneezing or saliva in asymptomatic people. In other words, is to protect others from you and not the other way around.
The severity ofoutbreaks – with over 1.3 million confirmed cases in the United States and over four million worldwide – calls on some local authorities to make masks mandatory. If everyone carries one, the logic goes, every asymptomatic carrier can help prevent the transmission of the virus, which has caused over 283,000 deaths globally.
Where do you have to wear a face mask or coverall?
So far, everyone mandates that people wear masks when they go to important companies, hospitals and use public transport. These are places where there are lots of people, making social distances much more difficult.
Do I have to wear a face mask for a walk, bike ride or jog?
If you are out walking or cycling, you do not need to wear a face mask according to the state's order. But if you are within city limits, some orders say that you should bring a fabric cover if you pass someone else up close or decide to go into a store. It is possible that you can also be stopped and quoted.
That's because you're probably around other people on the sidewalk and can expose them to the virus (or vice versa). If you are exercising, it is best to choose an area that does not have much pedestrian traffic, such as your neighborhood or outside the city.
Do I have to wear a face mask in my car?
Required face mask orders do not extend to your car. However, they still apply in situations where you are within six meters of someone outside your household.
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Should children wear face masks?
Most counties and states with mandates suggest that children wear face masks when they go to important businesses, starting between the ages of 2 and 9. It is not recommended that children who have breathing problems or are under 2 have a face mask.
But some areas like San Francisco say that children between the ages of 3 and 12 are not required to wear face masks. And if they do, they must be supervised by an adult. States like Maryland make it a requirement for children 9 years and older to wear fabric coverings.
Where are face masks mandatory?
Parts of 38 states, including New York, Maryland, Hawaii, Connecticut, Michigan and Pennsylvania, now have face-covered requirements in public areas. This means that they will need to cover their noses and mouths with a homemade or purchased mask, a scarf, a bandana or similar. Here are some more examples.
California : Several counties in the San Francisco Bay Area require people to wear face masks when they go out in public. The city of San Francisco has similar requirements, but only when its residents go into important businesses, when they use public transport and seek medical care. The mandate also applies in Los Angeles and San Diego counties.
New York : New York's face-determining scheme applies in places where social distance is not possible, such as public transportation. Governor Andrew Cuomo said the order will be executed, and residents could be fined for not following the mission.
Maryland : On April 15, Governor Larry Hogan signed an order for Maryland residents to start wearing facial coatings in food and retail establishments and public transportation. The order says this will be a requirement as long as the emergency is still in force.
Pennsylvania executes an order to wear face masks in important companies. Those who do not wear masks will be denied entry into the business.
Hawaii now has a face mask mandate for those who go out in public. If someone violates the mandate, they can face up to one year in jail or fined up to $ 5,000.
New Jersey was one of the first states to require face masks to be worn in important companies and public transportation.
Connecticut residents must now wear face masks when out in public places where social distance is not possible, including important workplaces.
Michigan residents are now required to wear a face mask in enclosed public spaces, such as the grocery store. All companies must provide their employees with masks to wear while working.
As of May 1, Illinois residents must now wear face masks when in public.
Kentucky residents are officially required to wear face masks while in important business.
It is now a requirement to wear a face mask in Denver, Colorado when you go to important businesses, healthcare facilities and while using public transport.
Other cities in states like Texas and Oklahoma have had facial mask mandates for several weeks now. The cities of Laredo, Dallas and San Antonio are fining $ 1,000 for not wearing a face covering in congested areas, such as a public building or gas station. Guthrie, Oklahoma made it mandatory to wear fabric masks within city limits.
Other states with mandate are Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas Delaware Florida Georgia Indiana Louisiana Maine  Massachusetts Minnesota Mississippi Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Mexico North Dakota Oregon Rhode Island  Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia and Wyoming .
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