City joins state in lifting most outdoor mask requirements, issues guidance on college graduations

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Posted at 11:07 AM, Apr 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-30 14:17:14-04

BALTIMORE — Baltimore City on Friday joined the state of Maryland and the CDC in relaxing some mask mandates outdoors.

That means people will no longer be required to wear face coverings while outdoors, unless they are attending concerts, sporting events and other live performances held outdoors.

Those not yet fully vaccinated are still strongly encouraged to wear a face covering when outdoors to reduce the chances of disease transmission.

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Everyone is still required to wear face coverings inside public indoor places or transportation.

Baltimore-area colleges and universities will also be able to hold in-person commencement and graduation ceremonies for the 2021 season, with the following rules in effect.

  • Hold ceremonies in an outdoor venue with a 25% capacity limit for outdoor events, similar to Camden Yards and the Preakness. Colleges and universities will have to determine how they limit tickets to graduates to accommodate this requirement.
  • Maintain social distancing between members of different households.
  • Require masks at all times.
  • Provide a sign in or ticketing mechanism that tracks participants and guests in attendance for contact tracing purposes.