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States Respond to COVID-19: Lifting Mask Mandates after CDC Guidance

In response to new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for fully vaccinated people, several states have lifted their statewide mask mandates, including:

However, governors from other states are approaching the new guidance with more caution. California, New Jersey, and New York governors continue to review federal guidance and have not implemented any changes immediately.

Meanwhile, 14 other states that originally implemented mask requirements have lifted them in the past several months, including Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming.

Visit the America’s Essential Hospitals coronavirus resource page for more information about the pandemic.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at or 202.585.0127 with questions.


About the Author

Abigail Painchaud is a policy associate at America's Essential Hospitals.

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