BALTIMORE, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is reinstating a mask requirement for his agency’s offices, citing the ongoing threat posed by COVID-19.
The policy change, effective Thursday, comes as the Maryland Department of Health reported nearly 1,400 new cases of COVID-19 and 17 additional deaths while hospitalizations held steady at 792.READ MORE: Ravens Marquise Brown Honors Mervo Football Player Who Died Last Week
It applies to both employees and visitors while they’re indoors at the comptroller’s facilities in any public settings and areas such as hallways, restrooms and shared offices. It does not apply to employees who are alone in private offices.READ MORE: Ravens Shut Down Herbert, Chargers In 34-6 Victory
The reinstatement of the indoor mask requirement comes days after Franchot announced the agency’s 12 branch locations would only be open to Marylanders who schedule appointments in advance.
“With the continued threat of COVID-19, the safety of our employees and the public is paramount,” Franchot said. “This simple preventative measure can help stop others from getting sick so that we can finally overcome this terrible pandemic that has claimed hundreds of thousands of American lives.”MORE NEWS: COVID-19 In Maryland: More Than 800 New Cases & 5 Deaths Reported Sunday
The following government buildings fall under the mask policy: the Louis L. Goldstein Treasury Building, the Revenue Administration Building, the Annapolis Data Center, the Comptroller’s Baltimore Office, regional branch offices, satellite offices and the Motor Fuel Laboratory.