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Planning a vacation? Here’s the states that still have mask mandates

If you’re planning a summer vacation you are probably wondering which states have mask mandates.

More and more states are dropping the regulations as Covid rates decline and pushback from the public grows. Some states have never had mask mandates. For example, Missouri has never had a requirement and just recently was credited by the CDC as having the lowest Covid rate in the nation.

The CDC over the weekend also issued summer camp Covid guidelines that have many scratching their heads.

So as you plan your vacation, which states still have mandates and when did they end?

According to Ballotpedia, it depends if you live in a blue or red state.

Just five states out of 27 with Republican governors still have mask requirements. Those red states include Vermont, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland and Massachusetts. For Democrat “blue” states, 21 out of 23 states still have mask mandates.

As of April 16, 2021, 26 states had orders in effect requiring individuals to wear masks in indoor or outdoor public spaces statewide. Twenty-one of the 23 states with a Democratic governor had statewide mask orders. Five out of the 27 states with Republican governors required face coverings. The map below details face-covering requirements by state along with the governor’s party.

CDC data shows most states with no mandate have lower Covid rates than most states that still have them in place. For example, New York and New Jersey were the first two states to impose state-wide mask mandates and remain two of the highest Covid infection states to date.

States that never required a mask include Idaho, Arizona, Oklahoma, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri, Tenessessee, Georgia, South Carolina, Alaska and Florida.

So if you’re traveling now, or planning a vacation, here’s a list of states with and without mandates and when they began in 2020 and ended.

The table below is sorted by mask order start dates.

Statewide mask orders
StateEffectiveNumber of days effective
WyomingDecember 9, 2020 – March 16, 202197 days
New HampshireNovember 20, 2020 – April 16, 2021148 days
IowaNovember 17, 2020 – February 7, 202182 days
North DakotaNovember 14, 2020 – January 18, 202165 days
UtahNovember 9, 2020 – April 10, 2021153 days
MississippiAugust 5, 2020 – September 30, 202056 days
VermontAugust 1 – present268 days
WisconsinAugust 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021242 days
IndianaJuly 27, 2020 – April 6, 2021254 days
MinnesotaJuly 25 – present275 days
OhioJuly 23 – present277 days
ArkansasJuly 20, 2020 – March 30, 2021254 days
ColoradoJuly 17 – present283 days
AlabamaJuly 16, 2020 – April 9, 2021268 days
MontanaJuly 15, 2020 – February 12, 2021212 days
LouisianaJuly 13 – present287 days
KentuckyJuly 10 – present290 days
West VirginiaJuly 7 – present293 days
KansasJuly 3, 2020 – April 1, 2021273 days
TexasJuly 3, 2020 – March 10, 2021250 days
OregonJuly 1 – present299 days
WashingtonJune 26 – present304 days
North CarolinaJune 26 – present304 days
NevadaJune 25 – present305 days
CaliforniaJune 18 – present312 days
VirginiaMay 29 – present332 days
New MexicoMay 15 – present346 days
MassachusettsMay 6 – present355 days
DelawareMay 1 – present360 days
IllinoisMay 1 – present360 days
MaineMay 1 – present360 days
MichiganApril 26 – present365 days
HawaiiApril 20 – present371 days
Rhode IslandApril 20 – present371 days
MarylandApril 18 – present373 days
PennsylvaniaApril 17 – present374 days
ConnecticutApril 17 – present374 days
New YorkApril 15 – present376 days
New JerseyApril 10 – present381 days

–Dwight Widaman with graphs from BallotPedia.com

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