A growing number of states across the US are requiring that people going out in public areas wear some kind of face mask to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
With lots of state opening back up from COVID-19 restriction and more people going back out into public, but the number of cases are still going up in almost half of the states.
According to BuzzFeed
More governors are making face masks and coverings mandatory as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases spike in states across the US.
"For Nevada to stay safe and to stay open, we must make face coverings a routine part of our daily lives," Gov. Steve Sisolak said Wednesday.
North Carolina will also require face masks in public places, Gov. Roy Cooper announced earlier on Wednesday, and California and Washington state issued similar mandates in recent days. It marked a significant shift from the recent push across the US to quickly reopen businesses, but with the number of COVID-19 cases creeping up, some states are now moving to enact new restrictions.
In Washington, Gov. Jay Inslee announced the statewide mandate Tuesday.
"We just cannot wish this virus to go away," Inslee said, after the state reported an increase in cases. "We have to use tools that are available to us that we know that work."
Inslee also added additional requirements in Yakima County, according to the Seattle Times, where health care workers were reportedly struggling with the number of new cases.