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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced that face masks would be mandatory throughout the state during a press conference Wednesday.

As Indiana sees rise in coronavirus cases, governor requires Hoosiers to wear face masks

Brooke KempEthan May
Indianapolis Star

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced that face masks would be mandatory throughout the state during a press conference Wednesday. 

Starting July 27, anyone age 8 or older will be required to wear a face mask in indoor public spaces, commercial entities, transportation services or in outside public spaces where social distancing is not possible.

"The simple act of covering our faces, as odd as it may feel, can help us prevent the transmission of the virus, which is why this is the next prudent step that we as a state need to take," Holcomb said.

In school, masks will be required for any children in third grade or older, as well as faculty, staff, volunteers and anyone else in the school. Masks will also be required for co-curricular and extracurricular activities that do not involve strenuous physical activity.

While not required, it is recommended that children ages 2 to 7 wear a mask as well. 

Anyone who is eating, drinking, participating in strenuous physical activity or has a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask is exempt.