Baltimore City Advises All Residents to Wear Facial Coverings in Public, Maryland to Require it in Stores

| April 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

Yesterday, both the City of Baltimore and State of Maryland made announcements regarding wearing facial coverings to limit the spread of COVID-19. The City is advising residents to wear facial coverings when out in the community starting immediately. The State is requiring masks and facial covering be worn in stores, retail establishments, and public transportation starting Saturday.

From Maryland Governor Larry Hogan:

Today I enacted an executive order which will require the wearing of masks or face coverings when inside any retail establishments, including grocery stores, pharmacies, and convenience stores, or when riding any form of public transportation in Maryland.

It also requires all essential retail locations to require their staff to wear face coverings, and requires those businesses to put appropriate social distancing measures in place in order to keep customers and their staff safe.

To give these retailers time to make these adjustments, the order will go into effect beginning Saturday, April 18, at 7 a.m.

While this order is an important step in our immediate efforts to protect public health and safety, the wearing of masks is also something that we may all have to become more accustomed to in order to safely reopen our state.

The CDC has issued detailed guidance regarding how you can make and use homemade cloth face coverings:

From Baltimore City Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young:

Today, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young signed an executive order instituting a new policy regarding wearing facial coverings. The Mayor advises all residents of Baltimore City to wear cloth masks or other facial coverings, as defined by the CDC, when out in the community and especially when social distancing measures are not possible.

“This executive order is an effort to protect the most vulnerable among us,” said Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young. “This is a public health crisis and we must respond in kind. This new policy is another mitigation strategy to help continue to flatten the curve in Baltimore City. I ask that all residents take this policy seriously and comply for the health and well-being of their families and themselves.”

Today’s executive order also advises residents to wear facial coverings when visiting essential businesses and, when interacting with delivery personnel from essential businesses. The order further directs public and private employers to develop internal policies regarding face coverings that promote the health and safety of their employees in the workplace.

“This aligns with the CDC’s guidance for using face coverings to help slow the transmission of this virus, and I support Mayor Young’s decision to issue this order for Baltimore City,” said Dr. Letitia Dzirasa, Health Commissioner for Baltimore City.

This new policy will remain in effect until the Governor terminates the state of emergency or Mayor Young rescinds the Stay at Home Order.

From Governor Hogan:

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