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Harford County will require visitors to wear masks in county government buildings; Bel Air and Havre de Grace also issue mandate

Harford County will require visitors to county government buildings to wear masks starting Tuesday at 9 a.m., according to a statement issued by Harford County Executive Barry Glassman. The mandate will also apply to county government employees who interact with the public and will remain in place until further notice.

This notice comes shortly after Gov. Larry Hogan’s announcement that masks will be required in state buildings by visitors and employees starting Monday. The Harford County order was enacted “to help maintain staffing levels and keep county government open and serving customers through the surge in COVID-19 cases,” according to the news release.

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Harford County businesses are still able to choose whether or not to require masks, although the news release noted that citizens are still encouraged to wear masks, social distance in indoor spaces and get vaccinated. Glassman previously remained reluctant to reinstate a countywide mask mandate.

After the county’s announcement, Bel Air and Havre de Grace reinstated mask mandates requiring visitors and public-facing employees to wear masks in city government buildings, also effective Tuesday.

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The county’s percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 was 28.95 percent on Tuesday, slightly above the state’s 27.44 percent the same day. However, the county’s seven-day average case rate per 100,000 (155.16) falls below the state’s current rate (213.71). The county has recorded 28,768 cases, with 574 new cases since Monday, and 13 additional deaths.

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