By: Stefano Tromba May 22, 2020

“Face to Face” With Summer 2020

Summer 2020 is just about here. Sure, it won’t be like the summer we’re used to, but it will be one we’re going to remember. But there’s good news! As the warm weather approaches, small businesses will begin re-opening and more people will start heading out.  With that in mind, local health and government officials have provided face mask guidelines to contain the spread of the coronavirus as restrictions are relaxed.

Given the guidelines, we predict face masks being the new, fashionable summer accessory – right up there with shorts and flip flops!

So, we’re providing you with a list of the statewide orders as of May 22, 2020 – indicating where face coverings are recommended or required.  Furthermore, you’ll also see what business owners are obligated to provide employees coming face to face with customers, fellow employees, and the public in general.  And while we’re at it, here’s a useful link to an interactive map outlining the re-opening status, state-by-state.

NOTE:  The list below does not include face-covering provisions at the local level. For more information regarding that, contact your local health official.

By May 1, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.: Employers must provide employees with a face covering to wear while working in areas open to the general public, and areas in which coming within 6 feet of other staff is likely. All restaurants must require that all employees who interact with customers (including, without limitation, delivery personnel) to wear a face-covering while working. Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings as well as hand sanitizer for their employees. All employees are strongly encouraged to use personal face coverings until their employer provides a face covering.

All individuals must wear a face-covering in specified public places, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health or where the individual is under two years of age. A business must decline entry to an individual refusing to wear unless the business is providing medication, medical supplies, or food, in which case the business policy should provide alternate methods of pickup and/or delivery of such goods, or the individual has a medical condition that would prevent them from mask use.

Employees and customers of reopening hair care services also must wear cloth face masks at all times. Staff must also wear gloves.

Jurisdiction Requirement or Recommendation Specifics
Federal Recommendation CDC recommends that everyone wear a cloth face-covering in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. OSHA recommends allowing workers to wear masks over their nose and mouth to prevent them from spreading the virus.
Alabama Requirement Face coverings are required for employees of restaurants, personal care services, entertainment venues, and gyms, and fitness centers. Face coverings are recommended for all other businesses. NOTE: At least one city in Alabama has provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.
Alaska Recommendation Employees of reopening businesses should wear face coverings. NOTE: At least one city in Alaska has provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.
Arizona Requirement Required for employees and customers of barbers and cosmetologists. Residents are recommended to wear cloth face coverings worn in public places where physical distancing is difficult to maintain.
Arkansas Requirement Required for restaurants reopening for dine-in. All staff who come in contact with patrons must wear a face mask that completely covers their nose and mouth. Staff in the back of the house are encouraged to wear a face mask. All staff is required to wear gloves. Gloves shall be changed out between each customer, customer group, or task. Patrons must wear a face-covering upon entrance and while in the restaurant until the food or drink is served, and may be refused service if not wearing a mask. Required for reopening gyms and fitness centers. Employees must wear a face mask at all times. Patrons must wear a mask except when actively exercising. Residents are encouraged to wear a cloth mask when in public and unable to maintain a 6-foot distance from others.
California Recommendation If available, and controls such as barriers to block or create physical distance between the employee and the customer are not feasible, employers should provide face masks to workers in the grocery industry with regular close contact with the public, such as cashiers, pharmacy workers, and baggers. Employers should train and encourage workers to wear the face-covering of their choice voluntarily while at work. NOTE: Many California localities have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.
Colorado Requirement Workers in critical businesses and critical government functions in which workers interact in close proximity with other employees or with the public must (1) wear medical or non-medical cloth face coverings that cover the nose and mouth while working, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health; and (2) to the extent possible, wear gloves when in contact with customers or goods if gloves are provided to workers by their employer. Face coverings are “advised” for other residents. NOTE: Many Colorado localities have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.
Connecticut Requirement Essential employees should use masks or cloth face coverings. Restaurant employees and customers must wear face coverings. Employers must provide face coverings for employees. Retail employees and customers must wear face coverings. Employers must provide face coverings for employees. Office-based businesses must require employees to wear employer-provided face coverings. Personal care services employees and patrons must wear face coverings. Employers must provide face coverings for employees. NOTE: In Connecticut, at least one locality has provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction
Delaware Requirement By May 1, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.: Employers must provide employees with a face covering to wear while working in areas open to the general public, and areas in which coming within 6 feet of other staff is likely. All restaurants must require that all employees who interact with customers (including, without limitation, delivery personnel) to wear a face-covering while working. Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings as well as hand sanitizer for their employees. All employees are strongly encouraged to use personal face coverings until their employer provides a face covering. All individuals must wear a face-covering in specified public places, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health or where the individual is under two years of age. A business must decline entry to an individual refusing to wear unless the business is providing medication, medical supplies, or food, in which case the business policy should provide alternate methods of pickup and/or delivery of such goods, or the individual has a medical condition that would prevent them from mask use. Employees and customers of reopening hair care services also must wear cloth face masks at all times. Staff must also wear gloves.
District of Columbia Requirement Individuals over age 9 living in, working in, or visiting DC must wear a face covering when (1) engaging in essential or minimum basic business operations while in the presence of other people and (2) engaging in essential travel. Essential businesses must require employees and independent contractors to wear masks and instruct on proper use. Businesses must provide masks to employees but not to independent contractors. Retail workers must also wear employer-provided gloves.
Florida Requirement Personal care services providers and employees must wear masks and are also encouraged to provide masks to patrons and/or adopt a policy requiring patrons to wear masks. NOTE: Many Florida localities have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.
Georgia Requirement Required for businesses permitted to reopen. Gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, body art studios, estheticians, hair designers, and massage therapists reopening must comply with sanitation requirements, including providing personal protective equipment as available and appropriate to the function and location of each worker within the business. Recommended for the general public. Everyone should wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
Hawaii Requirement All customers must wear a face covering while waiting to enter and while at an essential or designated business or operation. All employees of essential or designated businesses or operations who have any contact with customers or goods to be purchased must wear the cloth face-covering recommended by the CDC while at their place of employment. NOTE: In Hawaii, some localities have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.
Idaho Recommendation Employers should identify how personal use items such as masks, face coverings, and gloves may be required by employees, vendors, and/or patrons. The use of face coverings by the general public is strongly recommended. NOTE: In Idaho, at least one locality has provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.
Illinois Requirement Beginning May 1, 2020, essential businesses and manufacturers are required to provide face coverings to all employees who are not able to maintain 6 feet of social distancing. People over age 2 must wear a mask or face covering when in a public place and they either cannot or it is impractical to maintain 6 feet of physical distance between themselves and others. NOTE: Many Illinois localities have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.
Indiana Requirement Face coverings are required for restaurant employees and personal care services employees. Cloth face coverings recommended for residents in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain
Iowa None None
Kansas Recommendation People are recommended to cover nose and mouth with a cloth mask while in public. NOTE: In Kansas, some localities have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.
Kentucky Requirement Businesses must provide PPE to employees and ensure, to the greatest extent practicable, that their employees wear a cloth mask. A business need not require an employee to wear a mask when masking would create a serious health or safety hazard to the employee or when the employee is working alone in an enclosed space. Businesses must ensure that employees whose job duties include touching items often touched by others (e.g., credit cards/cash, paper, computers) wear gloves that are regularly replaced.
Louisiana Requirement All employees of a business who have contact with the public must wear a mask. Cloth face coverings recommended in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores and pharmacies, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. NOTE: In Louisiana, at least one locality has provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.
Maine Requirement Individuals must wear cloth face-covering in public settings when another social distancing is difficult. Employers in settings that are not typically accessible to the public may determine the persons who should wear a cloth face covering at their workplace and shall permit any employee who wants to wear a covering to do so. NOTE: In Maine, at least one locality has provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.
Maryland Requirement All riders and operators on any public transportation are required to wear face coverings (excluding any operator in a separate compartment that is off-limits to riders). All customers over age 9 are required to wear face coverings while inside the enclosed area of any retail establishment or foodservice establishment. Adult customers accompanying children age 2-9 must use reasonable efforts to ensure children wear face coverings. All retail establishments shall require staff to wear, and those staff shall wear, face coverings while working in areas open to the public and areas in which interactions with other staff are likely. All food service establishments shall require staff who interact with customers (including, without limitation, delivery personnel) to wear, and those staff shall wear, face coverings while working. NOTE: In Maryland, some localities have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.
Massachusetts Requirement Residents over age 2 must wear face coverings in public settings, including in essential businesses and on public transportation. The requirement applies to both customers and employees of essential businesses. If a customer refuses to wear a face-covering for non-medical reasons, the business may decline entry. NOTE: Many Massachusetts localities have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.
Michigan Requirement All businesses and operations whose workers perform in-person work must, at a minimum, provide non-medical grade face coverings to their workers, as well as gloves, goggles, face shields as appropriate for the activity being performed. Food selling establishments and pharmacies must require checkout employees to wear face coverings. Construction businesses must require face shields or masks to be worn when workers cannot consistently maintain 6 feet of separation from other workers and must encourage or require the use of work gloves, as appropriate. Any individual able to medically tolerate a face covering must wear a covering over his or her nose and mouth when in any enclosed public space. NOTE: In Michigan, some localities have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.
Minnesota Requirement Workers at reopening retail establishments who may have limited interaction with customers for purposes of curbside or outdoor pickup or delivery must wear a non-medical cloth mask. Cloth face coverings recommended in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
Mississippi Requirement Required for all businesses in 7 specified counties. “Appropriate PPE,” including face coverings, shall be worn by all employees based on their duties and responsibilities. Restaurants and bars reopening for dine-in service must provide cloth masks to employees who come into contact with customers and require those employees to wear the masks. “Appropriate PPE” must be worn by all restaurant and bar employees based on their duties. Personal care services employees and patrons must wear employer-provided face coverings and must also require customers to wear face coverings. Gym and fitness center employees must wear employer-provided face coverings. Residents are recommended to wear non-medical grade masks or homemade cloth masks when shopping, running errands, or otherwise away from home. NOTE: In Mississippi, at least one locality has provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.
Missouri Recommendation People should wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. NOTE: In Missouri, some localities have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.
Montana None None
Nebraska Requirement Personal care services (barbershops, salons, body art, massage therapy) employees and customers must wear face coverings. Recommended for restaurant employees. Residents are recommended to wear cloth face-covering in public places where they cannot stay 6 feet away from others. Recommended for meat processing employees. It is highly recommended, as available, to provide employees in meat processing plants with procedure (surgical) masks due to the close contact they have with other employees and the liquid contact frequency in the work environment. NOTE: In Nebraska, at least one locality has provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.
Nevada Requirement All employers must require employees who interact with the public to wear face coverings. Also required for the following employers: agriculture, appliance, and furniture showrooms, auto dealerships, banks, and financial services, personal care services, restaurants and food, and drink establishments, general office operations, retail and consumer services, and transportation, couriers, and warehousing. People should use an improvised face-covering whenever they leave their residence to obtain any essential good or service.
New Hampshire Requirement Retail, restaurant, golf course, and personal care services employees must wear cloth face coverings at all times when in the retail facility and in public locations or shared staff areas (e.g. break rooms), even if other individuals are not immediately present. Employees of other essential businesses and organizations and those that are re-opening all or a portion of their operations are strongly recommended to wear a cloth face covering while at work and in potential close contact with others.
New Jersey Requirement Customers and employees of essential retail businesses (retail, restaurants, manufacturing, warehousing, essential construction) must wear cloth face coverings inside the business, and businesses may decline entry to customers not wearing a covering. The order specifies the requirements and exceptions. Employees must also wear gloves when in contact with customers or goods. Businesses must provide, at their expense, the face coverings and gloves for employees. Required for workers and visitors on construction sites. NJ Transit and private transit companies must require workers and customers to wear cloth face coverings while on trains, buses, and light rail vehicles, and passengers may be declined entry if they do not wear a covering. The order specifies the requirements and exceptions. Required for agricultural workers. NOTE: In New Jersey, some localities have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction
New Mexico Requirement All employers must provide all employees with face coverings and require they be used in the workplace. All “essential businesses” operating as “retail space” (such as grocery and hardware stores) with a building footprint of more than 50,000 sq.ft., and all restaurants, must ensure that all employees wear face coverings or medical-grade masks. As of May 11, all smaller, essential retailers must also require employees to wear face coverings or medical-grade masks. NOTE: In New Mexico, at least one locality has provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.
New York Requirement Employers that are essential businesses must provide, at the employer’s expense, face coverings for employees to wear when performing work that involves direct contact with customers or members of the public. Any individual who is over age 2 and able to medically tolerate a face-covering shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain, or when not maintaining, social distance. NOTE: New York City has its own face-covering obligations. In addition, some localities may have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.
North Carolina Recommendation Retail establishments are encouraged to supply, encourage the use of, and educate on the proper use of, cloth face coverings for employees in close contact with patrons and other employees. Members of the public recommended wearing face coverings in public. Required for personal care services employees. NOTE: In North Carolina, some localities have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.
North Dakota Requirement Required for personal care services employees. Recommended for everyone else. Employees and the public should wear face coverings especially in settings where social distancing may be difficult to maintain. Employers should encourage the use of face coverings by employees and contracted workers whose duties require close contact (within 6 feet for ten minutes or more) with other employees and/or the public.
Ohio Requirement Face coverings required for employers and employees; the guidance lists exceptions. Face coverings are recommended for all people (including clients/customers) who can safely wear them.
Oklahoma None No statewide order. NOTE: In Oklahoma, some localities have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.
Oregon Requirement Grocery stores, retail stores, pharmacies, restaurants and bars, gyms and fitness centers, personal care services, and ride-sharing and public transit must require employees, contractors and volunteers to wear an employer-provided mask, face shield, or face-covering unless an accommodation for people with disabilities or other exemption applies. These employers must develop and comply with policies and procedures that provide for accommodations and exemptions from the mask or face covering requirements. These businesses may require customers and visitors to wear face coverings. NOTE: In Oregon, at least one locality has provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.
Pennsylvania Requirement Employers permitted to maintain in-person operations must provide masks for employees to wear during their time at the business, and make it a mandatory requirement to wear masks while on the worksite, except to the extent an employee is using break time to eat or drink. Employers may approve masks or face coverings obtained or made by employees. Businesses, other than health care providers, that serve the public within a building or a defined area require all customers to wear masks while on-premises, and deny entry to people not wearing masks unless the business is providing medication, medical supplies, or food, in which case the business must provide alternative methods of pick-up or delivery of such goods. Customers who cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition, and children under the age of two, may enter the premises without a mask. Customers are not required to provide documentation of a medical condition. NOTE: In Pennsylvania, at least one locality has provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.
Puerto Rico Requirement People are required to wear face coverings when in public spaces. Reopening employers must submit a COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan, which must include strict measures like the mandatory use of face coverings by employees, visitors, and clients.
Rhode Island Requirement All employers must provide, at their expense, face coverings or materials for making of face coverings to their employees, and employees must wear face coverings. If any employee refuses to wear a face-covering when required and is not otherwise exempt from the requirement, an employer shall deny access to the establishment.
South Carolina Recommendation Employees should be encouraged to wear masks or cloth face coverings, especially when in settings in which social distancing is not feasible. Cloth face coverings should be optional for employees with underlying respiratory illness, but if not worn, social distancing must be performed.
South Dakota Recommendation People are encouraged to wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
Tennessee Recommendation Employees are encouraged to wear a face-covering at work. Members of the public are encouraged to wear a face-covering in public places. NOTE: In Tennessee, some localities have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.
Texas Recommendation Consider having all employees wear face coverings. NOTE: In Texas, many localities have provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.
Utah Requirement Employers must require employees to wear masks or face coverings. Individuals are required to wear a cloth face covering that covers the nose and mouth in any place of public accommodation, including retail establishments and grocery stores, and whenever social distancing is not possible.
Vermont Requirement All businesses operating during the state of emergency must require employees to wear non-medical cloth face coverings over their nose and mouth when in the presence of others. In the case of retail cashiers, a translucent shield or “sneeze guard” is acceptable in lieu of a mask.
Virginia Requirement Required for some businesses. Retail, restaurant, and other food and beverage establishments, gyms and fitness centers, and personal care services must require employees in public-facing areas to wear face coverings. Personal care services must also require patrons to wear face coverings. Recommended generally. Where possible, employees and customers should utilize face coverings. Where six feet of physical distance is not possible in a given business setting, employers should provide face covering to employees. People should wear cloth face-covering in public places.
Washington Requirement Residents are recommended to wear cloth face coverings when they are in public settings where they cannot maintain 6 feet of distance from others. All employers must identify PPE and cloth facial coverings in accordance with requirements on facial coverings and industry-specific COVID-19 standards and provide the necessary PPE and supplies to employees. Low-risk construction: masks must be worn at all times by every employee on the worksite. NOTE: In Washington, at least one locality has provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction
West Virginia Requirement Reopening personal care services (barbershops, salons, etc.) must ensure all employees wear masks. Restaurants open for takeout, or that will reopen for dining when the state permits, must require all employees to wear face coverings at all times. Small businesses (10 or fewer employees) are recommended to require their employees who have contact with customers to wear a mask and gloves.
Wisconsin Recommendation People should wear a cloth face cover when outside the home conducting essential activities. NOTE: In Wisconsin, at least one locality has provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.
Wyoming Requirement Required for gym employees. Required for personal care services employees and patrons. Grocery store and retail personnel are recommended to follow CDC guidance regarding wearing face coverings while at work. Customers should be encouraged to wear face coverings while in the store. NOTE: In Wyoming, at least one locality has provisions concerning face coverings for employees and/or customers. Please check with your Littler attorney for additional information about your particular jurisdiction.

 

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Stefano is a seasoned marketing professional and writer with diverse industry experience. Born and raised in NYC, he hold a Journalism degree from Queens College, and is the Head of Marketing at Fingercheck.

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