UNITED STATES (KDVR) — COVID-19 has been in the U.S. for over a year now. With the arrival of the coronavirus in 2020 came the guidance on wearing a mask or face covering. Now that multiple COVID-19 vaccines are becoming more widely available across the country, is it time to ditch the mask?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidance at the end of February recommending that people wear masks in public settings, at events and gatherings, and anywhere they will be around other people.

Masks or face coverings are also required for travel on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.

In February, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert said it’s “possible” Americans will need to continue wearing masks into 2022 to protect against COVID-19.

Dr. Fauci also said, “I want to see [the COVID-19 numbers] go way down,” he continued. “When it goes way down and the overwhelming majority of people are vaccinated, then I’d feel comfortable saying we don’t need to wear masks.”

So, where do the states stand on wearing masks?