ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — Baltimore and Howard Counties are planning to mandate masks inside all government buildings.
In Baltimore County, the requirement will go into effect August 13.
“This commonsense step will help limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of our workforce and visitors to our buildings and facilities," said Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski. "I thank our dedicated employees for helping us keep each other, our loved ones, and our community safe.
Howard County will implement their policy the following day, on August 14.
It applies to all employees and visitors throughout common areas including elevators, stairwells, lobbies, and during meetings or scheduled appointments.
Some County buildings and facilities, such as the 50+ Centers or Detention Center, may have stronger requirements for employees and visitors based on their specific use.
The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that the COVID-19 community transmission in Howard County has reached the “Substantial” level.
“Howard County’s increasing case rates are concerning, and it is important for residents to be aware of the current risks, especially if they are still unvaccinated," said Howard County Executive Calvin Ball. "Masks continue to be an effective tool in reducing the spread of COVID-19, and we want to ensure our employees and public visitors are safe when in our buildings.
The County has also implemented a new visitor management system to keep non-public areas more secure for employees. Visitors will be required to sign in, obtain a badge, and, if visiting a non-public area, have an escort to their meeting.