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Masks Are Now Mandatory for Shoppers in These States

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As coronavirus cases hit record highs across the country, many states are rolling back reopening plans, and in many cases, introducing new requirements for wearing face masks.

Rather than fully shut things down again, these states are trying to keep business going while minimizing COVID-19 exposure.

Here’s what you need to know — and need to do next:


More than 20 states now have mandatory mask requirements.

When you go shopping in these states, you’ll need to bring along a mask:

  • Alabama
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Texas
  • Washington

In some states, the requirement is for indoor public spaces; in others, the order extends to anywhere outside of one’s home. Check your state’s specific rules.


Plenty of stores have nationwide face mask policies.

From grocery stores to airlines to drugstores to retailers, these companies now require customers to wear masks.



If you still need a mask, there are plenty of places to get them cheap.

Old Navy fabric face masks in store.

Looking for 16 Retailers Selling Cheap Face Masks? We Got You! Get a cloth face mask for as little as $2.50 from Old Navy, surgical masks from Amazon for $0.70 each, and plain cotton masks from Custom Ink for $1.66 apiece.

RELATED: 10 Places You Can Buy Face Masks Online


Your favorite store might give you a mask when you shop.

Grocers like Kroger, Costco, and Whole Foods, and retailers like Burlington, Lululemon, and Nordstrom Rack are giving shoppers masks to ensure they meet the mask requirements and, ultimately, stay safe. Check your favorite store to see if they’re participating.


Or you could just make your own mask at home.

You just need fabric, strings, a needle and thread, sewing machine, scissors and pins. We show you how to make a face mask in 10 easy steps.


UP NEXT: Airlines Changing Rules on Masks, Alcohol & Refreshments

An aisle of the plane showing the backs of seats filled with passangers.

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