On Wednesday, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb made an announcement mandating the use of masks in the whole state of Indiana.
There are now 30 US states that have called on a statewide mandate on mask-wearing to its citizens.
Some of those states include California, Oregon, and Ohio.
Holcomb will sign the Executive Order on the mandate on Thursday, he said in a press conference.
The order will be effective on Monday, July 27th, he added.
Once effective, approach to the mandate will focus on education, wrote Holcomb in his Twitter account.
Also, local governments may impose stricter guidelines.
Reasons for the Mandate
One of the most important reasons for the mandate is for the reopening of schools and keeping businesses open.
Holcomb also shared that there has been an increase in positive cases of COVID-19 cases in the state.
According to him, the cases jumped from a 3.6% rate a month ago to an 8% rate.
There is also an increase in the hospitalization rate, he added.
Towards the end of June, Indiana Hospitals only experience 600 hospitalizations a day.
However, it has now increased to 800 a day.
Counties who have not reported any positive cases before are now reporting it in “two digits”, he said.
“Face coverings can help us blunt these increase,” in the US and all around the world, he explained.
Who are Required to Wear Masks
People ages 8 and up are required to wear face coverings in:
- Public indoor spaces or commercial entities
- Public transportation and vehicular services
- Outdoor public spaces
Exceptions to the Rule
In schools, masks are required in all kinds of activities, except the ones that require strenuous physical movement.
In other cases, activities that require the person to eat and drink are also included in the exceptions.
Lastly, people with medical conditions are also exempted from the order.