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.

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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.


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.

Baltimore City implemented a similar order and issued another pausing indoor dining.

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