New mask mandate in effect for Marylanders
MARYLAND – The new mask mandate for Marylanders went into effect at 5 p.m. Friday evening. As a reminder – all Marylanders over the age of five are required to wear face coverings in the public spaces of all businesses across the state. Masks are also required in public outdoor areas whenever it’s not possible to social distance.
When it comes to wearing masks on Maryland’s beaches – health department officials tell us that people should still wear a mask if they can’t social distance. But not necessarily if they are entering the water. “If you can social distance you would not have to wear one. I certainly don’t think people should be wearing a mask if they’re going in the water or going under the water. However, if you’re standing by the water’s edge and you can’t social distance, then you should wear a mask,” said Jennifer Johnson with the Wicomico County Health Department.
The Worcester County health department tells 47ABC that per the statewide order – people on the beach are not required to wear a mask if they maintain social distancing with people who are not part of their household.