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Howard County: CDC guidance on masks, police, fire guidelines updated

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Posted at 6:08 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 18:08:02-04

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — The Centers for Disease Control has issued new guidance on cloth face coverings and now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

This includes grocery stores and pharmacies.

“Since the outbreak of this pandemic, many residents want to know how they can help, and this is an important action,” said County Executive Calvin Ball. “Wearing a face-covering in public, along with continued social distancing, is how we can flatten the curve and slow the spread of the COVID-19. While the CDC recommendation is voluntary, the Howard County Health Department is strongly recommending that residents wear a face covering when around others.”

In addition, the Howard County Government has extended the reduction of County Government operations to core functions until further notice. On March 26, the reduction of core functions was put into place until April 10th.

The Howard County Police Department and Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue Services have also implemented procedures to limit contact and the spread of the virus.