Here are the US states that don't require face masks

  
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Here are the US states that don't require face masks
 

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Here are the US states that don't require face masks

While health officials agree face masks help prevent the  spread of Covid-19 , state and local governments have varied widely on implementation of mask rules. Now, President-elect Joe Biden wants to change that.

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© Jayme Gershen/Bloomberg/Getty Images  Social-distancing and mask wearing signs on a storefront during the 2020 Presidential election in Miami, Florida, U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. Trump won two key states where hospitalizations for Covid-19 were among the highest in the U.S. in the past few days, Florida and Ohio, suggesting the jump in cases during the campaign may have done less harm to the Republican camp than expected. Photographer: Jayme Gershen/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Biden's office has released plans that his administration  intends to implement in the beginning  of his term, and one is a national mask mandate "by working with governors and mayors."

Most states already have some type of mask mandate, but some have no statewide rule -- either leaving it as a recommendation or giving the authority to local officials.

Three states recently added face mask mandates: North Dakota, Iowa and Montana. Montana's goes into effect November 20.

On November 13, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum announced a new measure requiring face coverings in indoor businesses and indoor public settings as well as outdoor public settings where physical distancing isn't possible. The order is effective through December 13.

And on November 16, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation that requires a face mask when people are in an indoor public space and unable to social distance for 15 minutes or longer.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on Wednesday said she is issuing an  "updated version"  of a previous executive order on masks. The new protocol will create a standard for the state, "but also gives communities the ownership and flexibility to decide how best to implement it," Kelly said at a news conference.

Here are the states with no statewide mask requirement.

Alaska

Alaska does not require the use of masks, limit group size or business operations. All the state does is encourage Alaskans to do their part to  limit the spread of Covid-19 , recommending that residents practice social distancing and wear a mask, without any mandate.

The mayor of Anchorage, though,  has signed an order  requiring people to wear face coverings in public.

Arizona

Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, allows individual counties to mandate a mask, but does not have a statewide initiative. Scottsdale was the first to make masks mandatory starting June 19. Other major municipalities with requirements include Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff.

Florida

There is no statewide mask requirement, yet some local municipalities have their own mandates.

Georgia

Statewide, masks are required  for some essential employees , including restaurants and personal care services employees.

Meanwhile, several counties and cities have mask mandates.

Idaho

The state does not have a statewide requirement, but several local municipalities do, including Boise.

Mississippi

On September 4, Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican, lifted the state face covering requirement.

Just over a month later and amid rising case numbers, Reeves signed  an executive order  requiring face coverings in counties with higher Covid-19 case numbers. The "Safe Recovery" executive order is in effect through December 11 and includes 22 of the state's 82 counties.

Missouri

The state does not have a statewide requirement, but several local municipalities do.

Nebraska

There is no statewide mandate, but clients and staff in  barbershops, salons tattoo parlors  and  massage parlors  must wear masks, as part of the current Directed Health Measure requirements.

Oklahoma

The city council in Oklahoma City voted i n a special meeting  in July to approve an emergency public safety ordinance requiring face coverings in indoor public places throughout Oklahoma City.

South Carolina

Several counties and cities, including Charleston and Columbia, have mask mandates.

South Dakota

Gov. Kristi Noem, a Republican, has taken  a hands-off approach  to Covid-19. In October, she wrote in an op-ed that the government should not mandate a mask requirement.

"As I've said before, if folks want to wear a mask, they should be free to do so," she wrote. "Similarly, those who don't want to wear a mask shouldn't be shamed into wearing one."

South Dakota is second -- only to North Dakota -- in the number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 people.

Tennessee

Though there is no statewide mandate, Gov. Bill Lee, a Republican, signed an executive order granting the mayors in 89 counties the authority to issue mask requirements.

Wyoming

Though there is no statewide mandate, Laramie County, home to the capital city Cheyenne, has a mask requirement that went into effect on November 1. However, according  to CNN affiliate KGWN , the county's district attorney's office has said violations of the mandate will not be prosecuted.

Masks are not a political statement, Biden says


In a speech Monday, Biden implored Americans to stop politicizing masks and social distancing.

"Please, I implore you, wear a mask," the President-elect said. "Do it for yourself, do it for your neighbor. A mask is not a political statement but it is a way to start pulling the country together."

During the campaign, Biden spoke of his plan to issue a nationwide mask mandate. Doing so could be  challenged in court,  though, and in October Biden said he would go to every governor and urge them to issue mask mandates.

"And if they refuse, I'll go to the mayors and county executives and get local masking requirements in place nationwide," he said.

Because the virus is mainly airborne, face masks are the most effective way to stop person-to-person spread of Covid-19,  studies have shown.

"Wearing of face masks in public corresponds to the most effective means to prevent interhuman transmission, and this inexpensive practice, in conjunction with simultaneous social distancing, quarantine, and contact tracing, represents the most likely fighting opportunity to stop the Covid-19 pandemic, prior to the development of a vaccine," researchers in Texas and California wrote back in June.

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Buzz of the Orient
1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    2 weeks ago

This says it all, as far as I'm concerned.  It is why hundreds of thousands of Americans can look forward to dying, and maybe millions becoming sick and possibly having continuing health problems.

South Dakota

Gov. Kristi Noem, a Republican, has taken   a hands-off approach   to Covid-19. In October, she wrote in an op-ed that the government should not mandate a mask requirement.

"As I've said before, if folks want to wear a mask, they should be free to do so," she wrote. "Similarly, those who don't want to wear a mask shouldn't be shamed into wearing one."

South Dakota is second -- only to North Dakota -- in the number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 people.

After all, Freedom's NOT just another word for nothing left to lose, it's a word that enables you to die, be sick for life, or be responsible for killing your friends and family.  

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1stwarrior
1.1  1stwarrior  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1    2 weeks ago

NM has just issued a "lock-down" and you can't leave where you are unless it's an absolute emergency.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
1.1.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  1stwarrior @1.1    2 weeks ago

Look forward to their returning to normal soon.

 
 
 
gooseisgone
1.1.2  gooseisgone  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1.1    2 weeks ago
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MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
1.1.3  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)  replied to  1stwarrior @1.1    2 weeks ago

Hopefully, there's free delivery on groceries then.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
1.1.4  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  gooseisgone @1.1.2    2 weeks ago

That's because they eased the lockdowns too soon, and the people did not then comply with the rest of the guidelines.  Where it was done properly, the virus has been contained, like where I live.  But those who keep denying, will have their spikes. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
1.1.5  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka) @1.1.3    2 weeks ago

I would be surprised if necessary stores such as supermarkets and pharmacies woiuld not be allowed to remain open following strict guidelines, and as has been done where the lockdowns have been successful, that one person from each household be allowed once or twice a week to go to those stores for necessities.

 
 
 
MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
1.1.6  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1.5    2 weeks ago
that one person from each household be allowed once or twice a week to go to those stores for necessities.

In my household, we've pretty much been doing that all along. Unfortunately, my daughter had been going to school two days a week for a couple months... now, she's sick and I don't know with what.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
1.1.7  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka) @1.1.6    2 weeks ago

Sorry to hear that - hope it's not the virus. 

 
 
 
MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
1.1.8  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1.7    5 days ago

She's fine. I doubt it was THE virus.

 
 
 
Kavika
2  Kavika     2 weeks ago

Florida's new covid cases are on the rise again over 7,000 new cases each of the last three days. By next week we'll be 10,000 cases a day. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
2.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @2    2 weeks ago

Earlier in my life I would have retired to Florida - for a while I even shared ownership with my brother of a golf condo at Hollybrook Golf and Country Club in Hallandale, just west of Hollywood, Florida.  I guess I'm lucky my life took a very different turn. 

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
3  Paula Bartholomew    2 weeks ago

I wash my hands of all those states who don't have mask mandates or any measures.  I will no longer worry about them if they are unwilling to help themselves.  I feel sorry for those who are doing everything right only to be outnumber by selfish, uncaring people.  A lot of good people are going to get sick and die and their own leaders, friends, and relatives don't give a shit.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
4  Sean Treacy    2 weeks ago

Illinois has supposedly done everything right and  it leads the country in new reported cases over the last week. 

The idea that mask requirements stop the virus is data averse  junk thinking for people who need simplistic answers for complicated situations.  

don’t look now but “science” says masks offer no demonstrable protection to wearers.

 
 
 
Dulay
4.1  Dulay  replied to  Sean Treacy @4    2 weeks ago
Illinois has supposedly done everything right and  it leads the country in new reported cases over the last week. 

Who claimed that Illinois did everything right Sean? 

The idea that mask requirements stop the virus is data averse  junk thinking for people who need simplistic answers for complicated situations.   don’t look now but “science” says masks offer no demonstrable protection to wearers.

That utter bullshit. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
4.2  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Sean Treacy @4    2 weeks ago

Mask mandates are only part of what has been established where containment of the virus has been more successful.  BESIDES NECESSARY MASK WEARING, the guidelines also include social distancing, careful hand washing and staying away from crowds - in fact using common sense.  Perhaps you are not aware that wearing a mask is NOT a perfect prevention from catching the virus, but it is mostly effective for persons who are infected, even asymptomatic, from SPREADING the virus - which is one important side of the equation, and why mask mandates are a necessity.  

Now I expect that you have become wiser about the "science", and will stop SPREADING false information about how useless mask wearing is. 

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
4.2.1  Sean Treacy  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4.2    2 weeks ago
ha t you have become wiser about the "science",

Educate yourself. 

 
 
 
Dulay
4.2.2  Dulay  replied to  Sean Treacy @4.2.1    2 weeks ago

Ditto

From your link:

Limitation:

Inconclusive results, missing data, variable adherence, patient-reported findings on home tests, no blinding, and no assessment of whether masks could decrease disease transmission from mask wearers to others.

Adherence

Based on the lowest adherence reported in the mask group during follow-up, 46% of participants wore the mask as recommended, 47% predominantly as recommended, and 7% not as recommended.

Well THAT'S settles it then. /s

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
4.2.3  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Sean Treacy @4.2.1    2 weeks ago

Personally, as a person who is uninfected, I would wear a mask if it meant it would reduce my vulnerability by only 5%, but hey, I really don't give a damn if you wear a mask or not.  My mother in her senility in her late 80s would sing Doris Day's song "What will be, will be" over and over - which I will repeat to you in the circumstances, what will be, will be.

By the way, there is another rather important factor in order to defeat the virus, that has been experienced where I live, and that is that the people are willing to undergo personal restrictions in order to protect others, and the community at large, i.e. the collective.  An example of that can be seen in Nova Scotia, according to this article:

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Mark in Wyoming
5  Mark in Wyoming     2 weeks ago

I  happen to live in a state that has no mandatory mask wearing requirements , i do however live in a location , that has has a mandatory stay at home lockdown order since march as well as mandatory mask wear when out in public for the tribal members, and from my observations , those measures have not  appeared to slow things down , maybe held things steady .

 i will say i think i have been fairly lucky so far, in remaining healthy and uninfected , but then again , i tended to try to use common sense from the start, no large crowds , use of good hygene , social distancing , and if needed use of a face covering where warranted or required . And still do.

I was lucky , up until a week ago.

But i know my medical history and usually when i am likely to come down with something. I am usually susceptable annually , usually between the end of Oct to the end of Nov, to 3 things , the common cold , sinus infections , and walking pnuemonia resulting from the other 2 . and usually they are brought on by the annual change in the weather .

a week ago i was hit and hit hard with an annual sinus infection that pretty much made my life miserable for 4 days, some of the things that came outta my hooter in those 4 days looked like they should have had their own zip code and needed to be wearing shoes....and i knew it was a sinus infection because it stayed localized right in my sinuses . a little OTC pharms , some isolation and quarentine , some appropriate meals , allowing the chills , sweats and everything work its course , and a mend was started . thats not to say that i wont be susceptable to any other thing that decides to come knock on the door , IF i let my guard down, which i dont plan on at the moment .

 
 
 
MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
5.1  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)  replied to  Mark in Wyoming @5    2 weeks ago
some of the things that came outta my hooter in those 4 days looked like they should have had their own zip code and needed to be wearing shoes....

jrSmiley_86_smiley_image.gif I so know what you're talking about! My family has stayed pretty isolated with the exception of running to local mom n pop stores for necessities. Mask wearing in those places is mandatory and it's enforced. Considering I have to occasionally be around those that are at high risk of death if they caught C19, I make sure the little we go out, we're as safe as possible.

The last two days, my daughter hasn't felt well. No issues with taste or smell and no fevers, so I'm sure hoping it's not C19. She'd been going to school two days a week before last week when the district decided they were closing all schools again [there were 19 students in a week that tested positive]. She's been overall just feeling blah, she was pale last night, sinus drainage, headache and a slight cough [from said drainage]. However, every fall right around this time of year, she usually has some sort of sinus issue and it probably doesn't help that "aunt flow" visited this week too, which is what I suspect is making her feel overall blah and drained.

 
 
 
Mark in Wyoming
5.1.1  Mark in Wyoming   replied to  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka) @5.1    2 weeks ago

hear that , people are so concentrated on krona , and they should be , they are tending to forget there are other seasonal maladies that are still in the wind as they say.

friend of mine , young . dumb and a big kronas a hoaxer , until he his dad and grandpa all got it within a week of each other, after that , every sniffle everyone else got , to him was krona, and like that insipide little brat from a league of their own , was chanting its the krona its the krona ....

 
 
 
MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
5.1.2  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)  replied to  Mark in Wyoming @5.1.1    2 weeks ago

I just hope it's not C19 with my daughter, because so many kids in her school came down with it that they closed the entire district again.

 
 
 
Mark in Wyoming
5.1.3  Mark in Wyoming   replied to  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka) @5.1.2    2 weeks ago

i think that is everyones main concern actually , and almost to the point they ignore other things they could catch.

 I have to take the actions i deem right for the factors i actually face , such as age , suseptability , what usually happens during different times of the year that change , exposure, all that are things i think about and try to use common sense about.

something i am finding in talking to others , is the use of vitamins , suppliments and the like , no scientific proof , but observations i have made are showing me they do have an effect.

I am a male at 58, in better than usual health than most men my age ( i dont have most their complaints ).

I find if i forget or fail to take my centrim silver for a couple days , it has an effect until i start taking it again, I also take a combo suppliment of calcium , magniesium and zinc every couple days , Zinc i have been hearing has a good effect against the krona in prevention, vitamin d about once a week and a testosterone booster every other day, it not only helps suppliment my natural testosterone but also gets my body to use it more efficiently, it not only helps in maintaining mass, but helps with immuno support and blood flow.

To me and for me , the biggest factor , is stress, it can and does affect so many different aspects including a persons immune system, that a stressed person , is more likely to come down sick with anything

those are just some of the things i do for myself , might be worth others looking into and researching for themselves  and as always talk to your GP about it , thats what they get paid for, their knowledge.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
5.1.4  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Mark in Wyoming @5.1.3    2 weeks ago

When this whole thing started, I read the advantages of Vitamin D. I was, as a precaution, on 1000 units a day advised by my doctor months ago prior to this pandemic. I doubled it to 2000 back in May. And, if you need it as an example, I am 65, fairly good health and I was asymptomatic when I got it from my wife who had flown to see her soon to pass father last month. She just lost smell and taste with hers which is what prompted her to test. Other than tired and fatigue, that was all either of us had. We got lucky and luckily did not pass it any further than her and I. My college aged son tested negative in both the "instant" test and the further testing. We did the responsible thing and quarantined ourselves at home.

 
 
 
Mark in Wyoming
5.1.5  Mark in Wyoming   replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @5.1.4    2 weeks ago

About the only thing i dont like about vitamin D is the same complaint i have about iron suppliments , they have a tendency to mess up ones daily movement to the point that movement becomes "stunted" to put it politely.

 i get my iron by eating liver , never had the problem with  the issues the ex had on iron suppliments during pregnancy..

 you exercized something thats not that common in todays instantanous world , common sense and patience.

 
 
 
MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
5.1.6  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)  replied to  Mark in Wyoming @5.1.3    2 weeks ago

I take a daily multi-vitamin, vitamin D3, Lysine, and iron as needed [which is pretty rare]. I probably should start taking calcium soon too actually. I agree with stress. Stress can do a lot of things to the body and I don't think most people realize it. I also think it's important for people to get appropriate amount of sleep. Having a sleep disorder that makes me literally exhausted constantly IF I'm not taking my "awake pills," I can most certainly tell you from experience that when exhausted, you're much more likely to get sick. What sucks, is before I got my "awake pills" I could get 11 hours at night and still feel like I needed a long nap a few times a day... and I was sick, a lot. Now that I'm on armodafinil, I don't have those issues anymore.

 
 
 
Mark in Wyoming
5.1.7  Mark in Wyoming   replied to  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka) @5.1.6    2 weeks ago

I take 1 3mg tab of melatonin just before bed no sleep issues here , its a drug free alternative sleep and relaxation aide.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
5.1.8  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Mark in Wyoming @5.1.7    2 weeks ago

That's interesting information.  I've been having sleep problems for a while - I'll see if I can find melatonin here.

 
 
 
Mark in Wyoming
5.1.9  Mark in Wyoming   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.1.8    2 weeks ago

i have a friend here who is about 4 years younger than i am , has had a myriad of health issues to include sleep disorders , turns out he had to get his iron count under control and was given a prescription strength dose of melatonin and he sleeps fine with no restless leg symptoms and breathing issues he was at wits end trying to find things that would work for him. but because of his other health issues , he had to take things slow under his GP supervision, which i will always tell people to talk to their dr first.

i have a few homeopathic remedies for minor things , like raw grated horse radish , a tablespoon worth every 6 hrs for a sinus infection , there seems to be an enzyme in it that attacks the infection and it usually works in 2-3 days . for sore throats , i like sweet banana peppers , i have found a shot glass of the brine it comes in works very effectively in dulling the pain of a sore throat, 

 i have others as well .

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
5.1.10  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Mark in Wyoming @5.1.3    2 weeks ago

Along with a bunch of other pills for my various conditions I too take a multi-vitamin/mineral tablet every day which could well be one of the reasons I'm still around - my father died 14 years younger than I am now. 

 
 
 
MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
5.1.11  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)  replied to  Mark in Wyoming @5.1.7    5 days ago

I have trouble staying awake.

 
 
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