Today April 15, 2020 Governor Larry Hogan by ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND NUMBER 20-04-15-01 IS REQUIRING USE OF FACE COVERINGS UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES AND REQUIRING IMPLEMENTATION OF CERTAIN PHYSICAL DISTANCING MEASURES.
a. Effective as of 7:00 a.m. on April 18, 2020:
i. all riders and operators on any Public Transportation are required to wear
Face Coverings (excluding any operator in a separate compartment that is
off-limits to riders);
ii. all customers over the age of nine are required to wear Face Coverings
while inside the enclosed area of any Retail Establishment or Foodservice
iii. adult customers accompanying children age two through nine shall use
reasonable efforts to cause those children to wear Face Coverings while
inside the enclosed area of any Retail Establishment or Foodservice
iv. all Retail Establishments shall require staff to wear, and those staff shall
wear, Face Coverings while working in areas open to the general public
and areas in which interactions with other staff are likely; and
v. all Foodservice Establishments shall require staff who interact with
customers (including, without limitation, delivery personnel) to wear, and
those staff shall wear, Face Coverings while working.
b. Single-use Face Coverings shall be properly discarded in trash receptacles. It is
recommended that all reusable Face Coverings be cleaned frequently (at least
once per day).
c. Wearing a Medical-Grade Mask satisfies any requirement in paragraph II.a to
wear a Face Covering, but all Marylanders are urged to reserve Medical-Grade
Masks for use by health care workers and first responders.
III. Physical Distancing Measures for Retail Establishments.
a. All Retail Establishments shall, in good faith and to the extent possible:
i. Where any queue is expected to form, designated with signage, tape, or by
other means at least six-foot spacing for persons in line;
ii. Sanitize, or provide customers with a means to sanitize, handles of carts
and baskets that are available to customers;
iii. Provide staff and customers with clean restrooms stocked with soap or
sanitizer, and allow staff to wash their hands at least once every 30
iv. Post signage at each entrance advising customers about the requirement to
wear Face Coverings described in paragraph II.a.
b. The Secretary of Health of the State of Maryland (the “Secretary”) is authorized
to issue directives under this Order, as the Secretary deems necessary, to prevent, reduce the spread of, and suppress COVID-19 in and around Retail
Establishments and/or Foodservice Establishments, which may include, without limitation, additional requirements for physical distancing, cleaning, and disinfection at Retail Establishments and/or Foodservice Establishments.