Baltimore to Lift Indoor Mandate on March 1st, No Decision Yet on City Schools

| February 24, 2022 | 0 Comments

Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott was joined today by Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa to announce the indoor mask mandate in Baltimore City will expire on March 1st. The mandate will also be lifted for Baltimore City employees.

An announcement has not yet been made for Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS). “This does not apply to City school students. Our school system has their own mandate that has to be lifted in partnership with our partners at the State,” said Mayor Scott.

BCPS has not made any announcements regarding ending the mask mandate. The Maryland State Board of Education voted 12-2 on Tuesday night to remove the mask mandate at schools on March 1st. Local school districts are now able to adopt their own masking policies.

According to Mayor Scott, just above 76 percent of Baltimore residents age five and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Baltimore City has a COVID-19 positivity rate of 2.03 percent as of February 22nd, which is a 77 percent decrease from a month prior. The seven-day average for new COVID-19 cases is now 8.8 cases per 100,000 people. This statistic was 81.99 cases per 100,000 people last month.

Mayor Scott said the City will continue to follow the metrics on any new variants.

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