Maryland mask mandates start dropping this week, school system to meet on masking – CBS Baltimore
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Marylanders will begin to see significant changes with mask policies across the state this week.
Starting Tuesday, the state and several counties will no longer require masks in government buildings.
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Many mask mandates for businesses had already expired.
Effective February 22, 2022, the State of Maryland, Anne Arundel County, Howard County, and Montgomery County will no longer require masks in government buildings.
In Howard County, where officials say COVID-19 cases are down about 90% from the peak, County Executive Calvin Ball says it is now safe to lift the mask mandate. inside.
“I will probably wear my mask here and there, but I want to make sure people have a choice and I always encourage people when they want they should wear their mask,” says Ball.
Baltimore County will lift its indoor mask mandate for government buildings on February 28, 2022.
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Harford and Carroll counties have already dropped the warrants.
Some Marylanders are optimistic but cautious.
“I think that’s probably wise,” said Ken Estes of Howard County. “I think things are pretty much over, but I’ll probably continue just for my own preference.”
The city of Baltimore is the exception. The city will continue to require masks until transmission reaches the CDC-accepted level of low to moderate. According to the CDC on Monday, Baltimore’s transmission rate is still “substantial.”
This week, parents who don’t want their children wearing masks in schools could get an update from the Maryland State Board of Education, which meets on Tuesday. The council has pledged to make a decision about masks in schools based on what actions health officials deem acceptable with respect to the removal of school mask mandates.
Regardless of the school board‘s decision, some parents say they will continue to send their children to school wearing a mask.
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“They will continue to wear the masks,” said Surya Ve of Howard County. “We tell the children to wear the masks all the time.”