These are the states requiring people to wear masks when out in public
Updated 5:20 PM ET, Mon August 17, 2020
(CNN)More states have mandated the use of masks and face coverings while in public.
After some states lifted some coronavirus restrictions, an uptick in cases has led to new restrictions in many states. The number of cases is rising in more than half of them.
That's where masks come in. A recent study found that the use of masks and face coverings has been the most effective way to reduce person-to-person spread of coronavirus.
Here are the states that require the use of masks or face coverings in public settings.
As of July 15:
Gov. Kay Ivey issued an amended Safer at Home order which requires residents to wear a mask or face covering when in public and in close contact with other people. The order was extended through August 31, and it was expanded to include students in second grade and above.
As of July 20:
Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced that beginning on Monday, July 20, residents 10 years and older must wear masks when in the presence of non-household members and aren't able to socially distance. The order is enforceable and offenders can be cited for a misdemeanor or fin