Maryland Expands Face Mask Order

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has expanded his executive order requiring masks and face coverings.  During a late afternoon press conference, Hogan expanded the order to include outdoor areas where physical distancing isn’t possible and in commercial buildings.  Hogan also had the Maryland Department of Health to issue a public health advisory against travel to hotspot states including Florida, Texas, Georgia, Louisiana, Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina, Nebraska and Idaho.  He said he is pausing further reopening of the state to keep infection rates down and businesses open.

Governor Larry Hogan (R) Maryland

Also announced today, Maryland Department of Health Deputy Secretary, Fran Phillips is retiring.  She has been the face of leadership for the state throughout the pandemic. Phillips will be replaced by Dr. Jinlene Chan, currently the assistant health secretary and chief medical officer.

Maryland Health Deputy Secretary Fran Phillips