The governor announced that capacity limits will be lifted on many businesses starting this Friday, but reiterated that masks are still required in public spaces.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday he was loosening several major COVID-19 restrictions across Maryland as metrics and data continue to show improvements. However, the governor was clear about one rule that isn’t changing: Maryland’s mask mandate.
During a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Hogan said the statewide mask mandate “remains in full force and effect.” The governor’s current executive order states masks are required at public indoor facilities and outdoors when social distancing isn’t possible — which includes grocery stores, fitness centers and other public areas of businesses.
Masks are also required on public transportation, Hogan said.
Hogan also announced Tuesday that all capacity limits can be lifted on many major businesses in the state including dining, stores and religious facilities beginning Friday at 5 p.m. It is up to individual counties to decide whether they will choose to follow the governor’s guidance on lifting restrictions; notably, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties have in the past chosen to wait…