ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland is expanding its order requiring masks must be worn as the state continues to fight the coronavirus.
Effective Friday at 5 p.m., Marylanders must wear a mask or face covering in public areas of businesses and buildings and in outdoor public areas when it is not possible to maintain social distancing.READ MORE: Novavax Announces Promising Late-Stage Covid-19 Vaccine Data, More Than 90% Effective
The face-covering order was first issued on April 18. The expansion follows the orders made in Baltimore City and Baltimore County last week.
“This expansion of the masking order is an action that is both fact based, apolitical and soundly grounded in science,” Gov. Hogan said.
#BREAKING: Hogan expands mask order to include all public areas inside buildings and businesses—and outdoors when you cannot social distance; similar to orders last week from Baltimore City and County; Starts Friday @wjzREAD MORE: Large Police Presence At Mondawmin Mall
— Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) July 29, 2020
Baltimore County now requires all residents ages two and up to wear masks indoors, but the mandate does not include further restrictions on outdoor mask-wearing like in Anne Arundel County, where people are required to wear masks outdoors when social distancing isn’t possible.
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