Howard County Executive Calvin Ball released the following statement regarding the Governor’s announcement today:

“Howard County residents and businesses have remained vigilant since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is evident with more than 50% of residents receiving a first dose of a vaccine and a positivity rate of 3.3%. We are currently reviewing the Governor’s revised Executive Order to understand its full implications. We will continue to evaluate our metrics and we remain committed to making data informed, people driven decisions to keep Howard County residents safe.”

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Howard County metrics are some of the best in the state so I would be surprised if the County Executive does not follow along with this new guidance…but you never know. Now businesses and residents wait for a final decision.

Here is the press release from Governor Hogan:

Governor Hogan Lifts Outdoor Mask Mandate, Ends Restrictions on Outdoor Dining

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