He also says a travel advisory has been issued for states where COVID-19 positivity rates are 10% or above.
Annapolis Md (KM) Marylanders will have to wear their masks more frequently starting on Friday.
During his news conference on Wednesday in Annapolis, Governor Larry Hogan announced that the order to wear a mask to help fight COVID0-19 is being expanded. He said residents need to wear them in the public places of all businesses, and in outdoor public areas where social distancing is not possible.
The Governor says this order follows recommendations from the State’s Coronavirus Recovery Team which consists of physicians, scientists, doctors, business people and labor leaders. “This expansion of the masking order is an action that is both fact-based, apolitical and solidly grounded in science,” he said.
Hogan also said wearing a mask is the best strategy for fighting the COVID-19 virus. “It’s the best way to keep you and your family safe, to keep people out of the hospital, and to keep Maryland open for business,” he said. “It you do nothing else, wearing a mask alone would help us significantly slow the spread of this virus, and continue on the road to economic recovery.”
This expanded order takes effect on Friday, July 31st at 5:00 PM.
The Governor also announced that the Maryland Department of Health has issued a travel advisory for areas where the coronavirus positivity rate is 10% or more. He says this applies to Florida, Texas, Georgia, Louisiana, Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina, Nebraska and Idaho.
“This public health advisory applies to personal, family or business travel of any kind,”: Hogan said. “To the extent possible, we advise you to postpone or cancel travel to these areas until their positivity rates decline.”
But if you must travel to those areas, Governor Hogan recommends you get tested for COVID-19, and self quarantine while awaiting the results.
By Kevin McManus