Maryland county issues mask mandate for children as young as 2

Maryland county issues mask mandate for children as young as 2
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Prince George's County, Maryland, is extending its mask mandate to children as young as 2, County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced on Wednesday.

Under the expanded mandate, residents over the age of 2 will be required to wear masks in all indoor public venues and businesses in the county, according to an executive order. The mandate includes exceptions for eating and drinking as well as for those with disabilities that prevent them from wearing masks.

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“As a parent, I know it is not easy to mask younger children,” Alsobrooks said in a statement, adding that rising case numbers among children mean “we are just going to have to do more.”

"From the outset of this pandemic, we have been focused on policies that support the health and safety of our residents, while also ensuring residents and businesses have the resources they need to get by," Alsobrooks said. "We want to thank Prince Georgians for working together through this pandemic, because we have shown that we are a strong and resilient community where residents can always count on one another."

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Alsobrooks said that 82% of county adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine and noted that the county's positive test rate dropped below 4% for the first time since July.

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