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Maryland Lifts COVID Mask Mandate, Gov. Larry Hogan Says

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Maryland is lifting its mask mandate, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Friday. Masks will still be required in schools, on public transit and in the healthcare industry.

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- Big news from Governor Larry Hogan tonight.

- Less than an hour ago, he announced that, starting tomorrow, face masks will no longer be required in Maryland.

- And WJZ live at 6 o'clock tonight, Amy Kawata still in Annapolis with more on the governor's big announcement. Amy.

AMY KAWATA: Yeah, Denise, Rick. Well, Governor Hogan says tomorrow will be the day where fully vaccinated people-- that means once two weeks after your last dose of vaccine-- will be able to resume activities safely outdoors and indoors without a mask. Now that means that-- with the exception of in schools and on public transit and in the health care industry. However, the final decision will still be up to businesses and local jurisdictions.

Now this announcement comes as COVID restrictions in the state will also be lifted starting tomorrow on indoor and outdoor dining, entertainment, and sports venues. Restaurants and bars will no longer have to socially distance tables. And barriers between booths can come down.

Data from the state health department shows Maryland has reached a 1.91% positivity rate, the second lowest daily positivity rate during the pandemic. The governor says we are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and is asking for patience.

LARRY HOGAN: Now as many of us take off our masks and start to put this pandemic behind us, I ask each and every one of you to please just be kind and respectful of one another. Some people feel comfortable getting back to normal life right away. For others, it may take more time.

AMY KAWATA: And Governor Hogan is still urging those who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID to continue wearing masks and is urging people to get vaccinated when you can. Reporting live in Annapolis tonight, I'm Amy Kawata for WJZ.