Here’s What You Need to Know About Hogan’s Statewide Face Mask Mandate


In a press briefing yesterday afternoon, Governor Hogan announced a statewide order to require residents to wear face masks in public settings. Here’s what you need to know about the requirements, including tips on making your own masks at home.

The CDC recommended the use of face coverings almost 2 weeks ago, and has since updated their guidance to ensure masks fit securely, while still allowing for unrestricted breathing. Masks should be washed regularly after use, and wearers should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose or mouth when removing their masks.

The state mandate does not require residents to wear an N-95 or surgical mask those should be reserved for hospital workers and first responders.

The Baltimore Sun has published an FAQ article on their website, with answers to  additional questions regarding face mask usage, including tips on how to make your own mask if you don’t already have one.

Several counties, including Anne Arundel County and Queen Anne’s County, have made videos to provide guidance on how to make your own masks using household materials.

The statewide mask order goes into effect at 7:00 am on Saturday morning (4/18). For further information on the executive order and the rest of the press briefing, visit Governor Hogan’s website.