Today in Open Session, the Carroll County Board of Commissioners mentioned State of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s Executive Order from April 28th. The commissioners will, as they voted in September 2020, continue to endorse the Governor’s changes and support the new order. The new order lifts the outdoor mask mandate in Maryland and removes all restrictions for outdoor dining. State information notes that face coverings are still required for all Marylanders at all large ticketed venues as well as indoors at all public and private businesses and when using public transportation.

The commissioners cautioned residents to stay vigilant with health and safety protocols and noted that Marylanders not yet vaccinated are strongly encouraged to continue wearing masks outdoors, especially when physical distancing is not possible.

Read Governor Hogan’s recent press release here and the new Executive Order here. To date, Carroll County has followed Governor Hogan and the State of Maryland’s COVID recovery plan.

Board of County Commissioner President Ed Rothstein stated, “We appreciate our Governor’s continued guidance and direction along with the administration’s support.  We voted in September to follow Governor Hogan’s COVID-19 related Executive Orders unless it is decided otherwise.  This new guidance that pertains to small gatherings allows us to recognize the importance in moving to a state of “normalcy”; however, we must continue to stay vigilant and guarded about all our activities with regard to this virus.  This is a step in the right direction, but we still have a way to go.  When appropriate, wearing the mask, keeping socially distanced, and washing our hands remain good practices to be both courteous and responsible.”

Meetings are available for viewing on the county meeting portal and the county YouTube channel. In addition, all meetings will be replayed on Comcast Channel 24.

Accurate COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination information is critical to the community. For the most current and accurate information about this situation, please refer to the following:

Carroll County Health Department (CCHD):   https://cchd.maryland.gov/covid-19/

CCHD Local Vaccination Information:    https://cchd.maryland.gov/covid-19-vaccination/

Maryland Department of Health (MDH):      https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/

Maryland Vaccination Information:   https://covidlink.maryland.gov/content/ and https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/vaccine

Centers for Disease Control (CDC): coronavirus.gov

Anyone feeling ill should contact their health care professional. CCHD continues to operate a hotline, available 8 am – 5 pm at 410-876-4848, Monday-Friday. After hours, callers may leave a message or call 2-1-1. All emergencies should continue to call 9-1-1.

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Scott E

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