Facing Your Face Mask Duties – A List of Statewide Orders

Governors and public health officials across the country have implemented stringent mitigation measures to help contain the spread of COVID-19. As businesses reopen, face coverings remain popular as a preventative measure. Numerous jurisdictions have encouraged—or mandated—citizens to wear face coverings when out in public, especially when social distancing cannot be maintained effectively. Some directives also obligate employers to provide masks to their employees.

This post, current as of June 12, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. (Central), identifies the jurisdictions where face coverings are recommended or required. We will update this list regularly but expect it will become outdated quickly as new announcements are made. 

Note that this list does not include face covering guidance at the local level. If you would like more information, please contact your Littler attorney for additional resources that summarize such requirements at both the state and local level.

Employers interested in related information may wish to consult our interactive reopening map, as well as our articles identifying statewide vaccination plans, reopening and mitigation protocols, and employee health screening guidance.

Jurisdiction

Requirement or Recommendation

Specifics

Federal

Requirement

Compliance with CDC guidelines with respect to wearing masks is required for on-duty or on-site federal employees, on-site federal contractors; and all persons in federal buildings or on federal lands.

CDC requires persons over age 2 to wear a mask on a conveyance (aircraft, train, vehicle, vessel) and while in a transportation hub (airport, bus terminal, seaport, etc.). Operators of conveyances arriving or departing a U.S. port of entry must require travelers to wear masks. Private conveyances for non-commercial use, commercial motor vehicles, military conveyances are excluded. The definition of mask does not include a face shield.

It is also recommended that unvaccinated people wear a cloth face covering in public settings, at gatherings and events, and anywhere they will be around other people. Face shields are not recommended as a substitute for masks.

Fully vaccinated individuals can resume activities without wearing a mask, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.

OSHA recommends that employers provide all workers with face coverings at no cost to workers. Employers must discuss reasonable accommodations for any workers who are unable to wear or have difficulty wearing certain types of face coverings due to a disability. Employers should require any other individuals at the workplace (e.g., visitors, customers, non-employees) to wear a face covering unless they are under the age of 2 or are actively consuming food or beverages on site.

Alabama

Recommendation

The statewide mask mandate was rescinded 4/9/21.

Individuals are encouraged to wear masks when within six feet of people from other households. Employers should encourage use of masks and face coverings by employees.

Alaska

Recommendation

Face coverings are recommended for all individuals age 2 and up. 

NOTE: At least one city in Alaska may have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.

Arizona

Recommendation

Masks no longer mandated as of 3/25/21, but businesses and employers may adopt and enforce face covering requirements.

NOTE: At least one city in Arizona may have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.

Arkansas

Recommendation

Individuals are encouraged to follow the CDC guidance for masks for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Businesses are permitted to require masks on their premises.

The state prohibits local jurisdictions from enforcing mask mandates.

NOTE: Arkansas localities may have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.

California

Requirement

The state's current mask requirements will remain in place until 6/15/21.

Beginning June 15, fully vaccinated people will be able to resume everyday activities without wearing a mask. Masks will be required for unvaccinated individuals in indoor public settings and businesses. Masks will be required in some limited situations regardless of vaccination status including on public transit, at schools and childcare centers (pending updated CDC guidance), in healthcare and long-term care facilities, in prisons, and at emergency or homeless shelters.

Individuals over age 2 must wear a face covering when outside their homes unless one of the specified exceptions applies. For fully vaccinated persons, face coverings are not required outdoors except when attending crowded outdoor events.

For unvaccinated persons, face coverings are required outdoors any time physical distancing cannot be maintained, including when attending crowded outdoor events.

In indoor settings outside of one's home, including public transportation, face coverings continue to be required regardless of vaccination status.

Persons exempted from wearing a face covering due to a medical condition who are employed in a job involving regular contact with others should wear a non-restrictive alternative, such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge, as long as their condition permits it. A face shield alone cannot be used as a substitute for a face covering.

Employers shall provide face coverings and ensure they are worn by employees over the nose and mouth when indoors, when outdoors and less than six feet away from another person. Employers shall ensure face coverings are clean and undamaged. Employers shall evaluate the need for personal protective equipment, such as gloves, goggles, and face shields, and provide such personal protective equipment as needed. Face shields are not a replacement for face coverings, although they may be worn together for additional protection. Employees exempted from wearing face coverings due to a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability shall wear an effective non-restrictive alternative, such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom, if their condition or disability permits it. When using employer-provided transportation, the vehicle operator and any passengers must be provided with and wear a face covering in the vehicle.

NOTE: Many California localities have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.

Colorado

Requirement

Masks continue to be required in certain specified settings (schools, certain healthcare and government settings).

Individuals aged 12+ who are not fully vaccinated are encouraged to wear a face covering when entering or within an indoor space where members of different households are present. Any fully vaccinated individual may go without any type of face covering in any setting.

Employers must implement the face covering guidance set forth above.

Owners, operators, and managers of any business or service may, at their discretion, continue to require individuals entering or within their locations to wear face coverings or show proof of full vaccination

NOTE: Colorado localities may have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.

Connecticut

Requirement

Any person while indoors in a public place who does not maintain a safe social distance of approximately six feet from every other person and who is not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 shall cover their mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face covering. Fully vaccinated people are not required to wear masks except as provided below.

All persons, regardless of vaccination status, shall use a mask or cloth face covering in the settings specified by the state health department here.

An employer, rather than the employee, is liable for the fine for any employee’s failure to wear a required mask or cloth face covering while at work.

Businesses and organizations may require the universal use of masks or face coverings or require staff to wear masks in settings under their ownership or control.

Delaware

Requirement

Individuals aged kindergarten and up are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering while visiting any indoor business or space open to the public in compliance with CDC guidelines and recommendations. Individuals must wear masks on public transport, in healthcare settings, and in certain other congregate settings.

Employers must ensure that all employees, patrons, and visitors must wear face coverings in accordance the current order and CDC guidelines. Businesses may impose mask requirements for employees, patrons, and visitors.

District of Columbia

Requirement

Fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks in any setting, indoors or outdoors. People who are not vaccinated should wear a cloth face covering or mask at any indoor or outdoor public setting. A face shield is not an acceptable alternative for wearing a mask.

Masks remain required in public transportation, schools, healthcare settings, and other specified congregate settings.

Florida

Recommendation

All individuals over age 2 are recommended to wear face coverings according to CDC guidelines.

NOTE: Florida localities may have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.

Georgia

Requirement

 

 

Everyone over age 2 should wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

NOTE: In Georgia, some localities may have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction

Hawaii

Requirement

All individuals over age 5 must wear a face covering when in indoor public settings. Masks are not required while working at a desk or work station and not actively engaged with other employees, customers, or visitors, provided that the individual’s desk or workstation is not located in a common or shared area and physical distancing of at least six feet is maintained.

Face shields are not permitted as substitutes for face coverings unless an exception to the face covering requirement applies. Businesses shall refuse admission or service to any individual who fails to wear a face covering, unless an exception applies.

Businesses shall refuse admission or service to any individual who fails to wear a face covering, unless an exception applies. Businesses may adopt stricter protocols or requirements related to face coverings and face shields.

As of 5/25/21, masks are no longer required outdoors.

NOTE: In Hawaii, some localities may have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.

Idaho

Recommendation

Employers should identify how personal use items such as masks, face coverings, and gloves may be required by employees, vendors, and/or patrons. Individuals should wear a face covering over their nose and mouth as per guidance from CDC for vaccinated and unvaccinated people.  

NOTE: In Idaho, some localities may have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.

Illinois

Requirement

Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear masks except in specified settings. Any individual who is not fully vaccinated and who is over age 2 and able to medically tolerate a face covering shall be required to wear a mask when in a public place and unable to maintain a six-foot social distance. This requirement applies whether in an indoor space, such as a store, or in a public outdoor space where maintaining a six-foot social distance is not always possible. All individuals, including those who are fully vaccinated, shall be required to wear a mask consistent with CDC guidance, including (1) on  public transportation and in transportation hubs; (2) in congregate facilities such as correctional facilities and homeless shelters; and (3) in healthcare settings.

Businesses must provide employees with appropriate face coverings and ensure that employees who are not fully vaccinated wear masks when social distancing is not always possible.

Businesses and municipalities may continue to require masks.

NOTE: In Illinois, at least one locality may have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.

Indiana

Recommendation

As of 4/5/21, the mask mandate transitioned to a mask advisory, with the below guidelines as recommendations.

Masks remain required in schools, certain health care sites, and certain government sites. Otherwise, individuals are encouraged to follow the CDC guidelines for masks for vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

NOTE: In Indiana, at least one locality may have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.

Iowa

Recommendation

Individuals are recommended to follow CDC guidance for use of face coverings.

The state prohibits local jurisdictions from enforcing mask mandates.

NOTE: In Iowa, some localities may have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.

Kansas

Recommendation

All individuals over age 2 should wear a face covering in indoor public spaces. The state has adopted the CDC mask guidance for fully vaccinated individuals.

NOTE: Some localities in Kansas may have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.

Kentucky

Requirement

Masks continue to be required in certain limited settings (on public transportation, in healthcare settings, schools, and others as specified).

Businesses should encourage unvaccinated persons to wear a face covering when engaged in indoor behaviors associated with a heightened risk of COVID-19 transmission or when physical distancing with other persons not from their family/household is not occurring.

Louisiana

Recommendation

The mask mandate expired on 4/28/21, though masks are still required on public transit and a few other settings. Vulnerable individuals and those not vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear masks.

Businesses have the authority to require masks. If a business denies entry to a patron, visitor, or worker and the person refuses to leave the premises, law enforcement may enforce trespassing laws and any other laws the person may violate.

NOTE: In Louisiana, at least one city may have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.

Maine

Recommendation

The mask mandate was rescinded effective 5/24/21. Businesses may choose to require masks and to request proof of vaccination. Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear masks indoors.

Maryland

Requirement

All individuals over age 5 are required to wear face coverings (1) while using transportation services; (2) in schools; and (3) while obtaining healthcare services. Unvaccinated individuals are advised to wear face coverings in all indoor settings outside of their homes. Businesses retain the discretion to require masks on their premises.

Massachusetts

Requirement

As of 5/29/21, the state adopted CDC mask guidance.

Individuals over age 5 must wear face coverings in indoor public settings, regardless of the ability to maintain physical distance. If a customer refuses to wear a face covering for non-medical reasons, the business may decline entry. Face coverings are required in outdoor public places when it is not possible to socially distance.

Michigan

Requirement

The statewide mask requirements are scheduled to be lifted on 7/1/21.

All persons over age 2 who are participating in indoor gatherings are required to wear a face mask. Fully vaccinated individuals are not subject to this requirement. A face shield is not an acceptable alternative to a mask.

A person responsible for an establishment must prohibit gatherings of any kind at the establishment unless the person makes a good faith effort to ensure that all persons at their establishment (including employees) comply with the mask requirement. A "good faith effort" may include any of the following: posting a sign notifying people that wearing a mask is required unless a person falls into a specified exception; asking patrons not wearing masks whether they fall into a specified exception; requiring face masks of all patrons and employees; or any other policy designed to ensure compliance.

All employers must provide non-medical grade face coverings to their employees. Employers are not required to provide non-medical grade face coverings to fully vaccinated persons. Employers must require face coverings to be worn when employees (except those who are fully vaccinated) cannot consistently maintain six feet of separation from other individuals in the workplace. Compliance may be accomplished in a manner deemed effective for the place of employment. This may include: (a) keeping records of whether employees are fully vaccinated persons, and exempting them from masking and distancing requirements; (b) posting signs in the work area reminding employees that are not fully vaccinated to wear face coverings and maintain appropriate distancing; (c) allowing or requiring remote work; and (d) requiring masks and distancing for all employees regardless of vaccination status.

Minnesota

Recommendation

The mask mandate was rescinded effective 5/14/21. Per CDC guidance, fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear masks. Unvaccinated individuals are strongly recommended to continue wearing masks indoors. Businesses and local jurisdictions retain discretion to impose mask requirements.

Mississippi

Recommendation

The mask mandate was rescinded effective 3/3/21. All individuals are recommended to wear a face covering while in public spaces when social distancing from people of other households is not possible.

NOTE: In Mississippi, at least one locality may have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.

Missouri

Recommendation

People should wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

NOTE: In Missouri, some localities may have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.

Montana

Recommendation

The statewide mask mandate was rescinded effective as of 2/12/21.

Nebraska

Recommendation

Residents are recommended to wear a cloth face covering in public places where they cannot stay 6 feet away from others.

NOTE: In Nebraska, at least one locality may have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.

Nevada

Requirement

All individuals over age 9 must wear face coverings in indoor public spaces. Businesses must ensure that employees, customers, patrons, patients, and clients wear face coverings, including by prohibiting persons without face coverings from entering the premises. The state has adopted the CDC guidance for fully vaccinated individuals

Nevada neither requires nor prohibits private entities from confirming vaccination status of individuals. Employers and organizations are encouraged to post signage with the latest CDC mask guidance for vaccinated and unvaccinated guests.

New Hampshire

Recommendation

As of 4/16/21, the statewide mask mandate has been rescinded.

All individuals over age 5 are recommended to wear a face covering  any time they are in public spaces, indoors or outdoors, where they are unable to or do not consistently maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from persons outside their own households.

NOTE: In New Hampshire, at least one locality may have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.

New Jersey

Requirement

As of 5/28/21, individuals in indoor public spaces are not required to wear masks, regardless of their ability to maintain six feet of distance from other individuals or groups. In accordance with CDC recommendations, individuals who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear masks in indoor public spaces. Masks are not required in outdoor public spaces.

Employers are permitted to impose stricter requirements regarding mask-wearing in indoor settings for employees, customers, guests, and other individuals, where otherwise consistent with state and federal law. Employers shall not restrict individuals from wearing masks in those settings and shall not in any way penalize or retaliate against individuals who elect to wear a mask.

Employers in workplaces that are not open to the public are not mandated to require employees to wear masks at the worksite if the employees provide proof that they are fully vaccinated. Where an employer is unable to determine an individual’s vaccination status or the individual is not fully vaccinated, employers must continue to require those employees to wear masks. These employers are permitted to allow customers, visitors, and other authorized individuals to enter the worksite without requiring use of a mask, regardless of their vaccination status. Employers may establish a policy that requires customers, visitors, and similar individuals entering a worksite to wear a mask.

New Mexico

Requirement

All individuals must wear a face covering in public settings, including while exercising. Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a mask.

All employers must provide all employees with face coverings and require they be used in the workplace.

New York

Requirement

Consistent with CDC guidance, in most settings, vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a mask. Unvaccinated individuals over age 2 must wear masks in all public settings. Masks are strongly recommended in indoor settings where vaccination status of individuals is unknown.

Businesses are authorized to impose their own mask requirements. Mask requirements by businesses must adhere to all applicable federal and state laws and regulations. If a business is not following the CDC guidance, all individuals must wear masks and maintain six feet of social distancing.

NOTE: New York City has its own face covering obligations. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.

North Carolina

Requirement

Individuals over age 4 must wear face coverings on transportation services, in healthcare settings, schools and childcare, and limited other specified settings. Otherwise, face coverings are not required. People not fully vaccinated are recommended to wear masks. Private businesses may continue to impose a mask requirement.

Face shields do not meet the requirements for compliant face coverings.

North Dakota

Recommendation

The statewide mask requirement was rescinded 1/18/21, but masks continue to be recommended following CDC guidance.

Ohio

Recommendation

The statewide mask mandate was lifted as of 6/2/21. Local jurisdictions and businesses may choose to continue to require masks.

NOTE: In Ohio, at least one locality may have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.

Oklahoma

Recommendation

Required on state property; recommended in public spaces per CDC guidelines.

NOTE: In Oklahoma, at least one locality may have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.

Oregon

Requirement

Individuals over age 4 must wear a mask in indoor settings. Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear masks except in any setting where the owner or operator continues to require masks, face coverings or face shields. Masks are also required for everyone while on public transportation, in healthcare settings, schools, and other specified congregate settings.

Per Oregon OSHA, businesses and employers may require more stringent mask or face covering requirements and may exclude from their business, event or facility those individuals who, regardless of their vaccination status, fail to comply with those requirements. Businesses and employers doing so must have a policy in place to check the vaccination status of all individuals before they enter their establishment. An employer that requests and reviews verification of vaccination may permit fully vaccinated individuals with proof of vaccination to go without a mask, face covering or face shield, and does not need to enforce physical distancing requirements for such individuals.

Employers must provide masks, face coverings or face shields for employees, and must provide for accommodations for employees, contractors, volunteers, students, customers and visitors if accommodations are required by state or federal law.

It is strongly recommended, but not required, that individuals wear a mask or face covering rather than relying upon a face shield alone.

Pennsylvania

Requirement

The mask mandate will be lifted by the ealier of 6/28/21 or when 70% of eligible residents are vaccinated.

Masks are not required in non-healthcare settings when the CDC’s public health guidance allows for no face coverings and if acting in accordance with the guidance, including the CDC guidance for fully vaccinated individuals.

Employers must require that all people, including their employees, customers, and visitors, wear a face covering and take reasonable steps to enforce the requirement; and mitigate or eliminate employee, visitor, and customer exposure to people who cannot wear or refuse to wear a face covering. Masks are not required when working alone and isolated from interaction with other people with little or no expectation of in-person interaction. Businesses may decline service to individuals who are not wearing a face covering or claiming to have a condition preventing them from wearing a face covering or an alternative to a face covering, so long as they attempt to provide a reasonable accommodation.

Individuals over age 2 are required to wear face coverings indoors or in an enclosed space, where another person or persons who are not members of the individual’s household are present in the same space, irrespective of physical distance; and outdoors with others who are not members of a person’s household and unable to maintain sustained physical distance. Masks are required when using transportation services and when working in any space where food is prepared, packaged for sale, or prepared for distribution to others.

Face shields are considered an alternative to a face covering and may be worn only when wearing a face covering is otherwise not possible.

NOTE: In Pennsylvania, at least one locality may have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.

Puerto Rico

Requirement

Puerto Rico has  adopted the CDC guidance for masks and fully vaccinated individuals. Fully vaccinated individuals in closed spaces that do not serve the public are not required to use masks if all individuals inside the closed area are fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to use masks when outdoors. Mask use is recommended for individuals who are not fully vaccinated, even when outdoors.

Rhode Island

Requirement

Employees, customers, and visitors to businesses open to the public must wear face coverings. All individuals over age 2 must wear face coverings in indoor public spaces. Unvaccinated people are strongly encouraged to wear masks in crowded outdoor settings and during activities that require sustained close contact.

Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear masks except as specified under CDC guidance. Businesses may adopt more restrictive requirements. Masks are required in public and private transportation regardless of vaccination status.

A face shield alone is not recommended as a sufficient face covering.

South Carolina

Recommendation

All individuals who are not fully vaccinated are encouraged to wear a face covering in public settings where social distancing is not possible or feasible.

South Dakota

Recommendation

People are encouraged to wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

Tennessee

Recommendation

Employees are encouraged to wear a face covering at work. Members of the public are encouraged to wear a face covering in public places.

NOTE: In Tennessee, some localities may have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.

Texas

Recommendation

The statewide mask mandate was rescinded effective 3/10/21, but masks continue to be recommended.

NOTE: In Texas, some localities may have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.

Utah

Recommendation

The statewide mask mandate was lifted effective 4/10/21. Private businesses are permitted to require masks on their premises, and masks remain required for gatherings over 50 people.

NOTE: In Utah, at least one locality may have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.

Vermont

Requirement

All individuals over age 2 shall wear masks or cloth facial coverings over their nose and mouth any time they are in indoor public spaces, where they come in contact with others from outside their households, especially in congregate settings, and where it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet.  All businesses must require employees to wear non-medical cloth face coverings over their nose and mouth when in the presence of others. Face shields are not recommended as an alternative to a mask except for people who cannot wear a mask due to an exception.

Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a face covering over nose and mouth or physically distancing, except where required by law, including local business and workplace guidance. Unvaccinated people are not required to wear face coverings over nose and mouth when they are in outdoor public spaces.

Virginia

Recommendation

Effective 5/28/21: All individuals in the Commonwealth aged five and older should cover their mouth and nose with a mask in accordance with CDC guidelines. All other mask provisions have been terminated.

Washington

Requirement

Residents are required to wear cloth face coverings when they are in  public settings where they cannot maintain 6 feet of distance from others. The state has adopted the CDC mask guidance for fully vaccinated individuals. Masks are required regardless of vaccination status in schools, healthcare settings, and other specified congregate settings.

Employers must require employees to wear face coverings. Employers may choose to verify employee vaccination status using the following evidence: vaccination record, attestation, or maintaining a log without underlying documentation. Employees who verify they are fully vaccinated may work without face coverings. If a worker declines to provide verification of their vaccination status, they are not considered fully vaccinated. Employers may also choose to continue face covering and physical distancing requirements regardless of employee vaccination status.

If a customer declines to provide vaccination or exempt status information, or states that s/he refuses to wear a face covering, the business must deny the customer entry/service.

All employers must identify PPE and cloth facial coverings in accordance with requirements on facial coverings and industry specific COVID-19 standards and provide the necessary PPE and supplies to employees.

Every employer who does not require employees or contractors to wear a specific type of PPE must accommodate its employee's or contractor's voluntary use of that specific type of protective device or equipment, including gloves, goggles, face shields, and face masks, as the employee or contractor deems necessary.

A face shield with a drape can be used by people with developmental, behavioral, or medical conditions that prevent them from wearing a face covering.

NOTE: In Washington, at least one locality may have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.

West Virginia

Requirement

The statewide face covering mandate is scheduled to be lifted on 6/20/21.

All individuals over age 9 must wear a face covering at all times when in confined indoor spaces where others may be present. Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear face coverings.

Restaurants must require all employees to wear face coverings at all times.

Small businesses (10 or fewer employees) are recommended to require their employees who have contact with customers to wear a mask and gloves.

A face shield with a drape can be used by people with developmental, behavioral, or medical conditions that prevent them from wearing a face covering.

Wisconsin

Recommendation

On 4/31/21, the state supreme court invalidated the governor's mask mandate. Local mandates may remain in place.​ 

Fully vaccinated individuals may resume indoor and outdoor activities without wearing a mask.

Every individual age 5 and older is strongly encouraged to wear a face covering if indoors or in an enclosed space, other than at a private residence, and others who are not members of individual’s household or living unit are present in the same room or enclosed space. A face shield is not permitted as a substitute for a mask unless the individual is engaging in work where wearing a face covering would create a risk, as determined by government safety guidelines, or if engaging in activities where federal or state law or regulations prohibit wearing a face covering.

NOTE: Some localities may have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.

Wyoming

Recommendation

The general statewide mask mandate was lifted on 3/16/21. Face coverings are encouraged in public spaces. Some requirements continue to apply in school settings and for large indoor events.

Information contained in this publication is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or opinion, nor is it a substitute for the professional judgment of an attorney.