Maryland mask mandates: When, where you need a mask

Some counties in the Baltimore area are reinstating mask policies as the delta variant of COVID-19 contributes to an uptick in cases. However, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said he is not considering reinstating a statewide mask mandate.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines last month, recommending both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals wear masks indoors in areas with substantial to high risk of infection.

Areas with substantial risk of transmission have at least 50 cases per 100,000 residents. Areas with high risk of transmission have at least 100 cases per 100,000 residents.

So when and where do you need a mask in Maryland? Here’s what you need to know.

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Clara Longo de Freitas

Clara is an intern at the Carroll County Times and The Baltimore Sun. Originally from Brazil, she is studying journalism and Spanish at the University of Maryland. Clara is the special projects editor for the student newspaper, The Diamondback. She has also reported for Capital News Service and the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism.