Countries With Mask Mandates 2022

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During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020-2021, most of the world's countries mandated the use of surgical-type masks in an effort to slow the spread of the disease. As of April 2022, the emergence of COVID-19 vaccinnes (as well as increased availability of treatment) has enabled many countries to relax their mask mandates. However, the situation is still in flux, with mandates often lifted or reinstated on a day-to-day basis as cases surge or wane in a given country or new COVID-19 variants emerge.

China

While mask mandates and restrictions had started to relax in China in late 2021, the Omicron variant caused a resurgence in both COVID-19 cases and the addendant restrictions that accompany them in early 2022. China has a zero-COVID policy. As of April 2022, masks are required to be worn at all times when leaving the home, mandatory testing and quarantine centers have been reopened, and many schools and non-essential businesses have been temporarily closed again.

Japan

Although there is no legal mask mandate covering the entire country of Japan, there are strong recommendations to wear a mask in public. Compared to other countries, vaccinations in Japan have been slow to roll out to the public. For the most part, people have followed the government's recommendations, and many private businesses require masks for customers. Because many locations are allowed to determine their own mandates on masks, some outbreaks have occurred. The Omicron surge in late 2021/early 2022 convinced several prefectures to institute restrictions on some businesses, especially bars and eateries, but those restrictions have since been lifted.

Germany

While Germany had seemed at times to have much of the virus under control, mask mandates and restrictions tightened in January 2021. Face coverings or masks were required at all shops, offices, and hairdressers. Cloth masks were deemed no longer acceptable, and people were required to wear medical-grade masks. Indoor locations and public transportation required a mask, and people could be fined for failing to follow the rules. Although masks were not required in outdoor settings where social distancing was possible. As of April 2022, many of these restrictions have been lifted, with masks required only in stores and on public transport.

France

With more than 92% of its population of 67+ million people vaccinated, France chose to lift the majority of its COVID-19 restrictions in March 2022. Masks were still required on public transportation and in health care facilities, but not in restaurants, sports stadiums, movie theaters, and other public places.

Italy

Wearing a mask both indoors and outside was mandated in Italy throughout much of the pandemic. However, as the vaccination rate increased and the country gained confidence in its health care network's ability to combat the virus, restrictions have been gradually eased. A requirement to wear masks outdoors in public spaces was lifted in February 2022, and the government is expected to lift most or all remaining mask requirements and other COVID-related restrictions by mid-June 2022. However, government officials have explicitly stated that plans could change as new data and/or disease cases emerge.

South Korea

South Korea has mandated mask-wearing in both indoor and outdoor public locations since the beginning of the pandemic. However, in light of the current vaccination reates and relatively low virus prevalence, the South Korean government announced in April 2022 that it would be lifting all social distancing rules. Many analysts view the relaxation of mask mandates as the next logical step. The government has stated it will review its rules on outdoor mask wearing after a two-week trial period, which would place the decision sometime in early May 2022, but added that indoor mask requirements would be "unavoidable for a considerable time."

Countries With Mask Mandates 2022

Country 2022 Population
China1,448,471,400
India1,406,631,776
United States334,805,269
Indonesia279,134,505
Pakistan229,488,994
Nigeria216,746,934
Brazil215,353,593
Bangladesh167,885,689
Russia145,805,947
Mexico131,562,772
Japan125,584,838
Ethiopia120,812,698
Philippines112,508,994
Egypt106,156,692
Vietnam98,953,541
DR Congo95,240,792
Iran86,022,837
Turkey85,561,976
Germany83,883,596
Thailand70,078,203
United Kingdom68,497,907
France65,584,518
Tanzania63,298,550
South Africa60,756,135
Italy60,262,770
Kenya56,215,221
Myanmar55,227,143
Colombia51,512,762
South Korea51,329,899
Uganda48,432,863
Spain46,719,142
Argentina46,010,234
Sudan45,992,020
Algeria45,350,148
Ukraine43,192,122
Iraq42,164,965
Afghanistan40,754,388
Canada38,388,419
Morocco37,772,756
Poland37,739,785
Saudi Arabia35,844,909
Angola35,027,343
Uzbekistan34,382,084
Peru33,684,208
Malaysia33,181,072
Mozambique33,089,461
Ghana32,395,450
Yemen31,154,867
Nepal30,225,582
Venezuela29,266,991
Madagascar29,178,077
Cameroon27,911,548
Ivory Coast27,742,298
Niger26,083,660
Australia26,068,792
North Korea25,990,679
Taiwan23,888,595
Burkina Faso22,102,838
Sri Lanka21,575,842
Mali21,473,764
Malawi20,180,839
Zambia19,470,234
Syria19,364,809
Chile19,250,195
Kazakhstan19,205,043
Romania19,031,335
Guatemala18,584,039
Ecuador18,113,361
Senegal17,653,671
Chad17,413,580
Netherlands17,211,447
Cambodia17,168,639
Somalia16,841,795
Zimbabwe15,331,428
Guinea13,865,691
Rwanda13,600,464
Benin12,784,726
Burundi12,624,840
Tunisia12,046,656
Bolivia11,992,656
Haiti11,680,283
Belgium11,668,278
South Sudan11,618,511
Cuba11,305,652
Dominican Republic11,056,370
Czech Republic10,736,784
Greece10,316,637
Jordan10,300,869
Azerbaijan10,300,205
Honduras10,221,247
Sweden10,218,971
Portugal10,140,570
United Arab Emirates10,081,785
Tajikistan9,957,464
Hungary9,606,259
Belarus9,432,800
Papua New Guinea9,292,169
Austria9,066,710
Israel8,922,892
Switzerland8,773,637
Togo8,680,837
Serbia8,653,016
Sierra Leone8,306,436
Hong Kong7,604,299
Laos7,481,023
Paraguay7,305,843
Libya7,040,745
Bulgaria6,844,597
Nicaragua6,779,100
Kyrgyzstan6,728,271
Lebanon6,684,849
El Salvador6,550,389
Turkmenistan6,201,943
Singapore5,943,546
Denmark5,834,950
Republic of the Congo5,797,805
Finland5,554,960
Norway5,511,370
Slovakia5,460,193
Palestine5,345,541
Oman5,323,993
Liberia5,305,117
Costa Rica5,182,354
Ireland5,020,199
Central African Republic5,016,678
Mauritania4,901,981
New Zealand4,898,203
Panama4,446,964
Kuwait4,380,326
Croatia4,059,286
Moldova4,013,171
Georgia3,968,738
Eritrea3,662,244
Uruguay3,496,016
Mongolia3,378,078
Bosnia And Herzegovina3,249,317
Jamaica2,985,094
Qatar2,979,915
Armenia2,971,966
Albania2,866,374
Puerto Rico2,829,812
Lithuania2,661,708
Namibia2,633,874
Gambia2,558,482
Botswana2,441,162
Gabon2,331,533
Lesotho2,175,699
North Macedonia2,081,304
Slovenia2,078,034
Guinea Bissau2,063,367
Latvia1,848,837
Bahrain1,783,983
Equatorial Guinea1,496,662
Trinidad And Tobago1,406,585
Timor Leste1,369,429
Estonia1,321,910
Mauritius1,274,727
Cyprus1,223,387
Eswatini1,184,817
Djibouti1,016,097
Fiji909,466
Reunion908,061
Comoros907,419
Guyana794,045
Bhutan787,941
Solomon Islands721,159
Macau667,490
Luxembourg642,371
Montenegro627,950
Western Sahara626,161
Suriname596,831
Cape Verde567,678
Maldives540,985
Brunei445,431
Malta444,033
Belize412,190
Bahamas400,516
Guadeloupe399,794
Martinique374,087
Iceland345,393
Vanuatu321,832
French Guiana314,169
New Caledonia290,915
Barbados288,023
Mayotte286,259
French Polynesia284,164
Sao Tome And Principe227,679
Samoa202,239
Saint Lucia185,113
Guam171,519
Curacao165,529
Kiribati123,419
Micronesia117,489
Grenada113,475
Saint Vincent And the Grenadines111,551
Tonga107,749
Aruba107,609
United States Virgin Islands103,971
Antigua And Barbuda99,509
Seychelles99,426
Isle of Man85,732
Andorra77,463
Dominica72,344
Cayman Islands67,277
Bermuda61,939
Marshall Islands60,057
Northern Mariana Islands58,269
Greenland56,973
American Samoa55,030
Saint Kitts And Nevis53,871
Faroe Islands49,233
Sint Maarten43,966
Monaco39,783
Turks And Caicos Islands39,741
Saint Martin39,730
Liechtenstein38,387
San Marino34,085
Gibraltar33,704
British Virgin Islands30,596
Palau18,233
Cook Islands17,571
Anguilla15,230
Tuvalu12,066
Wallis And Futuna10,982
Nauru10,903
Saint Barthelemy9,945
Saint Pierre And Miquelon5,759
Montserrat4,965
Falkland Islands3,539
Niue1,622
Tokelau1,378
Vatican City799

Countries With Mask Mandates 2022

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