Feb 24, 2022 - Health

Hawaii will soon be the only U.S. state with a mask mandate

People wearing masks at a Hawaii beach
Sandy Beach, on the south shore of Oahu, Hawaii, on Feb. 22. Photo: Daniel Slim/AFP via Getty Images

Hawaii is the only state in the U.S. that hasn't announced plans to lift its mask mandate, CBS News reported Wednesday.

Driving the news: With COVID-19 cases finally declining following the Omicron wave, many states and businesses have signaled a readiness to ease pandemic health restrictions.

  • In recent weeks, many states — including blue ones like California, Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware — have announced end dates for their mask requirements and other pandemic restrictions.

The big picture: Hawaii has seen some of the lowest coronavirus death rates in the U.S. throughout the pandemic.

  • Gov. David Ige last week attributed this success to the state's indoor mask mandate and other health restrictions proving "successful in protecting our community from this potentially deadly virus."
  • "We base our decisions on science, with the health and safety of our community as the top priority," Ige added.
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