Annapolis— Governor Larry Hogan announced that based on the state’s data-driven approach, the expansion of the statewide masking order and a public health advisory for all out-of-state travel. The governor also unveiled contact trac- ing data showing that family gatherings are the most common high-risk gathering and working outside the home is the most common high-risk location for COVID- 19.
“We find ourselves at a fork in the road— a critical turning point where we could either continue making progress and continue heading in the right direc- tion, or we could ignore the warnings and spike back up like much of the rest of the country,” said Governor Hogan. “We are doing much better on our health metrics than most of the rest of the country, and we are doing much better on our economic recovery than most of the rest of the country, and we want to do what it takes to keep it that way. We have come too far together to lose the progress that we have made on the road to health and economic recovery here in Maryland.” Expanded Masking Order— With the unanimous support of the Maryland Coronavirus Recovery Team, Governor Hogan is expanding the statewide mask- ing order.
Under this order, which takes effect Friday, July 31 at 5 p.m., all Marylanders over the age of five are required to wear face coverings in the public spaces of all businesses across the state.
Face coverings will also be required in outdoor public areas, whenever it is not possible to maintain physical distancing.
Out-of-State Travel Advisory— Gov- ernor Hogan has directed the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) to issue a public health advisory for out-of-state travel. Under this advisory, Marylanders are strongly advised against traveling to states with positivity rates of 10 percent or higher. Anyone traveling from these states should get tested and self-quaran- tine while awaiting results.
Marylanders are advised to postpone or cancel travel to these areas until their positivity rates decline. As of July 29, this advisory applies to Florida, Texas, Georgia, Louisiana, Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina, Nebraska, and Idaho.