BALTIMORE (WJZ) Howard County Executive Calvin Ball on Friday said the mask-wearing order would be lifted next week in “most” government buildings.
Face coverings will still be required on public transport and at Howard District County executive said.
Beginning Tuesday, February 22, the duty will be lifted from all other county buildings and facilities.
Ball said the county has seen a “significant decrease” in its COVID-19 metrics, with a positivity rate now at 3.8% and a seven-day average case rate of 13 per 100,000 residents.
“With our COVID-19 metrics falling and one of the highest vaccination rates in the state, we can relax our mask-wearing mandate in government buildings,” he said. “Vaccination continues to be our best line of defense against serious illness and death. I strongly encourage our residents, who have not received their initial or booster shots, to roll up their sleeves. ”
Ball said 89.6% of residents 5 years of age and older were fully immunized and 65.9% of eligible residents were vaccinated.
In a tweet, Ball encouraged residents who haven’t had their shots yet to schedule an appointment at a vaccination clinic.
“Immunization continues to be our best line of defense against disease and death,” he said.
The indoor mask requirement for most Howard County Government buildings is being lifted, effective February 22.
– Calvin Ball (@HoCoGovExec) February 18, 2022
The county executive office said masks should still be used indoors for people 2 years of age and older who are not fully immunized, and “[r]People should still exercise caution in indoor public spaces, regardless of vaccination status. “
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