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Mask Mandates by Nation: Most Still Await a Breath of Fresh Air

Lines To Receive Vaccine As Brazil Records 12.5 Million Covid-19 Infections
Photographer: Andre Coelho/Bloomberg

The Biden administration’s decision to ease its recommendation on wearing masks is a sign of U.S. success in fighting Covid-19 and a key step to getting the world’s largest economy back to normal. Around the world, mask mandates reflect the reality of the virus on the ground -- with some places still seeing significant risks from the pandemic -- as well as political realities facing leaders of individual nations.

The following is a list of some countries’ current policies, led by the 15 largest based on gross domestic product in Bloomberg’s Global Economy Watch. Some places rely on individual states or provinces to set their own rules based on government recommendations, as happens in the U.S. with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.