TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — An indoor mask mandate for Baltimore County went into effect Wednesday morning.

The mandate was issued by County Executive Johnny Olszewski in response to a recent surge in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations.

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Everyone age 5 and up is required to wear face masks in indoor public spaces, including restaurants, retail businesses and other settings.

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There are, however, some exceptions to the rule. People will not be required to wear masks under the following conditions:

  • When people are eating or drinking at a restaurant, though masks are required when moving inside the business;
  • If people have a medical condition, disorder or disability that precludes them from wearing a face mask;
  • When a face mask would create unsafe working conditions for an individual or group;
  • If a face covering makes it impossible to receive certain services, such as dental work;
  • When people are swimming or performing other physical activities.
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The mandate began at 9 a.m. Wednesday and is scheduled to expire on Jan. 31, 2022.

Jessica Albert