Maryland lifts COVID mask mandate from Saturday, says Governor Larry Hogan – CBS Baltimore – fr

Maryland lifts COVID mask mandate from Saturday, says Governor Larry Hogan – CBS Baltimore – fr

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (WJZ) – Maryland is lifting its mask mandate as of Saturday, May 15, Gov. Larry Hogan announced on Friday. Masks will always be needed in schools, on public transport and in the healthcare sector.
The CDC announced Thursday that those vaccinated can go anywhere, indoors and outdoors, without a mask.

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“Today is the day that so many of us have been waiting and working for,” Hogan said. “We finally see this light clearly at the end of the tunnel. Our long, hard battle against the world’s worst pandemic in over a century is finally coming to an end. “

“As we reflect on the hard work and many sacrifices it took to finally reach this point, we say thank you to the countless Marylanders who helped us get here and there, our health heroes, the doctors. and the nurses who work day in and day out on the front lines, our citizen soldiers in the Maryland National Guard who distributed meals to children and built and staffed our testing and vaccination sites, ”Hogan added. “We thank all the people of Maryland who volunteered, donated blood, donated to food banks and all the businesses that moved all of their operations overnight to make masks, produce disinfectant, make face shields. “

He thanked all Marylanders who were vaccinated and prayed for the families of the more than 8,700 Marylanders who have died from this virus.

Hogan said unvaccinated people should get the vaccine immediately and wear a mask.

Individual businesses can still require masks, and local jurisdictions can maintain more stringent restrictions as well.

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman said the county would follow the state’s lead and lift its order for masks.

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“If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, go get vaccinated. We need a summer wave of vaccinations to avoid a fall wave of cases, ”Pittman added.

Hogan announced earlier this week that he would lift all capacity restrictions on state-owned businesses on Saturday, but said the indoor mask’s tenure would remain until 70% of the adult population receives it. minus one dose of the vaccine. However, he changed his mind following the CDC’s announcement.

Baltimore County Director Johnny Olszewski also announced that the county will follow the state’s lead.

As of Friday, 65.4% of the state’s adult population received a dose of a vaccine. More than 2.5 million people are fully immunized.

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