UPDATED 9:38 AM PT – Saturday, November 14, 2020
North Dakota announced a statewide mask mandate as the state sees record breaking coronavirus numbers. Gov. Doug Burgum’s (R) office released a list of health safety measures Friday, which seek to curb the rising number of those infected with COVID-19.
Face- coverings will now be required indoors for places of businesses and public areas as well as outdoor sections where social distancing isn’t possible. The order excludes those under the age of five and permits religious services to be held without masks.
The Republican governor urged North Dakotans to behave responsibility and protect each other.
As our COVID-19 situation changes, we must change with it. Tonight, we announced four measures designed to reduce the rampant spread of infections in our communities, protect our vulnerable, ensure hospital capacity and keep schools & the economy open. pic.twitter.com/Chrifpyedh
— Gov. Doug Burgum (@DougBurgum) November 14, 2020
The mandate comes in preparation for the holiday season, which officials warn may see another wave of the virus. Health experts are monitoring the state’s handling of the virus and may issue more safety regulations if conditions worsen or if more deaths are reported.