The following was posted by Governor Larry Hogan on Facebook:

Effective this Friday, July 31 at 5 p.m., we are expanding the current statewide masking order requiring the wearing of masks or face coverings in the public spaces of all businesses across the state. Face coverings will also be required at outdoor public areas whenever it is not possible to maintain physical distancing.

This expansion of the masking order is an action that is fact-based, apolitical, and solidly grounded in science. While it can be an inconvenience, especially in the heat, the science and the data are very clear: wearing masks is the single best mitigation strategy we have to fight this virus. It is the best way to keep you and your family safe, to keep people out of the hospital, and to keep Maryland open for business. If you do nothing else, wearing a mask alone would help us significantly slow the spread of this virus and continue on our road to health and economic recovery.

Read more about today’s announcements:


Taking a local look at this topic…here is a recent post by Howard County Executive Calvin Ball on Facebook:

Governor Hogan announced today a statewide mask order, effective this Friday, July 31st.

People will be required to wear masks or face coverings:

- In public areas of businesses and buildings
- And in outdoor public areas where it is not possible to maintain physical distance

Masks and face coverings are critical to keeping our businesses open and allowing our economy to recover. As we have seen in many other states around this country, not adhering to hand washing, physical distancing, and mask-wearing directly leads to spikes in cases and strains on healthcare systems.

Many of our residents have already made mask-wearing a best practice, let’s continue to protect each other and keep our community safe from COVID-19


Scott E


  1. I wonder how this will play out in Ocean City and along the Boardwalk? Just look at the OC webcams and you can see the mask-less crowds of people waiting in lines on top of one another. I have no desire to go into that atmosphere. Catch it in OC and bring it home to your county and bump the numbers. The Gov. should single out OC in his Covid fight.

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