A spike in COVID-19 infections due to the Delta variants has forced the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reverse its indoor mask recommendation in July.
The infection rate is increasing with over 90% of U.S. counties in the United States are experiencing substantial or high transmission.
To combat the surging infection rate, many states have reinstated an indoor mask policy.
California has moved a step further by becoming the first state to mandate vaccines or regular testing for all school employees.
Here are the states with indoor mask mandates in place:
- New Mexico
- New York
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, 11 states never had a mask mandate at any given time. These states include Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Tennessee.