These Maryland counties are lifting their indoor public mask mandate

Posted at 3:36 PM, Jan 31, 2022

TOWSON, Md. — Several Maryland counties are lifting their indoor public mask mandates, as COVID-19 cases continue trending downward statewide.

In Baltimore County, indoor mask requirements ended February 1, with their State of Emergency set to expire on February 7. Both orders were in effect since December 27 of last year.

For now, mask requirements will remain inside all Baltimore County government offices and facilities, including all county library locations.

Since January 3, Baltimore County’s average positivity rate has decreased by nearly 80 percent, while the average number of hospitalizations in the county are down nearly 50 percent.

Anne Arundel and Howard Counties also ended their mask mandate Tuesday, with exception to government buildings, schools, and public transit.

Currently Howard's positivity rate is 8.47 percent, down 70 percent from its peak. Hospitalizations are also down by 60 percent in the county.

Meanwhile, in Harford County masks are no longer required inside government buildings. Harford never did reimpose public indoor mask mandates.

We will update this article as more counties decide whether to continue masking requirements indoors.