Over a dozen state Governments have imposed orders mandating residents to wear protective masks in public areas as part of the social distancing measures.
Throughout some states like Maryland, individuals who work in the service industry must wear protective masks or coverings. Other local governments are also enforcing these measures aside from social distancing.
The State of New York has also issued this order, as it has become the hardest-hit area in the United States. The state governments see these measures as a step in the process to opening back the economy while maintaining the safety and health of each individual.