Republican governors of Indiana and Ohio issue mask mandates, joining more than half of U.S. states

In Indiana, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced he would sign an executive order on Thursday that would require masks inside and outside when individuals could not social-distance. Three weeks ago, Holcomb said he did not need to put a mask mandate in place because he trusted Hoosiers to do the right thing. Indiana’s mask mandate starts on Monday.

Holcomb apologized in May after he took a picture with two other people inside an Indiana restaurant without a mask on.

Last week, Republican governors in both Alabama and Arkansas announced mask mandates.

Gov. Tim Walz of Minnesota, a Democrat, also announced a statewide mask mandate on Wednesday that will take effect on Saturday.

The action at the state level comes as the president for the first time urged the public to wear facial coverings during a Tuesday evening news conference.

“Whether you like the mask or not, they have an impact,” Trump said, offering his strongest support for the practice to date.

A recent POLITICO/Morning Consult poll found 72 percent of voters favor statewide mask mandates thanks to majority backing from Republicans, Democrats and independents.