On August 5, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott held a press conference announcing the reinstatement of the indoor mask mandate for Baltimore City. Effective 9 a.m. on August 9, masks will be required indoors for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Mayor Scott also urged all Baltimoreans who have not received the vaccine to immediately get vaccinated.
Mayor Scott was joined by Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa who stated, “Delta is now the most common strain of the coronavirus in the United States. We’re now in a substantial risk category.”
Governor Larry Hogan also held a press conference on August 5 regarding COVID-19 vaccination and recovery efforts. He announced that state employees working in certain sectors would be subject to new vaccination requirements. These sectors include congregate settings such as: Department of Health, Department of Juvenile Safety, Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, and the Department of Veteran Affairs, among others. State employees must show proof of vaccination, or submit to a mask mandate and frequent testing. Maryland state employees in these fields are expected to be vaccinated by September 1.
While the Governor continues to strongly recommend that all individuals wear a mask, he said he is not currently considering new restrictions, mandates or shutdowns for the state. “Our primary goal was preventing hospitalizations and deaths. That continues to be our goal,” Hogan said.
On the vaccines’ efficacy, Governor Hogan said, “The plain and simple fact is that these vaccines are working. Those of you who refuse to get vaccinated at this point are willfully and unnecessarily putting yourselves and others at risk.”
He urged Marylanders to “please, just get the damn vaccine.”
COVID-19 vaccine information:
- Governor Hogan Announces New Vaccination Protocols for State Employees — Aug. 5
- Mayor Scott Reinstates Indoor Mask Requirement in Baltimore City — Aug. 5
- Montgomery County Indoor Mask Requirement to Take Effect Aug. 7
- Prince George’s County to Reinstitute Indoor Public Mask Mandate Due to Rise in COVID-19 Metrics — Aug. 5