Maryland expands mask-wearing rules for pandemic

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has expanded mask-wearing rules and is also urging residents to avoid visiting some states with rapidly increasing cases of coronavirus infections.

Under the rules announced Wednesday, anyone older than age 5 will be required to wear a face covering in all indoor public areas of businesses and buildings, including churches, offices and restaurants. Hogan’s order also expands the requirement to outdoor spaces when it is not possible to maintain social distancing. The order takes effect at 5 p.m. Friday.

The travel advisory applies to states with positive test rates of or higher than 10%. Hogan says if people must visit those states, they should immediately be tested upon returning to Maryland and quarantine themselves until learning the results.

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