During a Wednesday afternoon press conference, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced an expansion in the state’s face mask requirement.
The Governor said in addition to masks being required in public areas of business and buildings, they will now be required in outdoor public areas when it is not possible to maintain physical distancing.
The new order goes into effect on Friday, July 31.
“This expansion of the masking order is an action that is both fact based, apolitical and solidly grounded in science.” Governor Hogan said.
The announcement came as Governor Hogan announced a pause on further reopening as the state’s COVID-19 positivity rate and hospitalizations increased.