Talbot Considers Mask Mandate, Limiting Social Gatherings

Talbot sealTalbot County has seen a rise in cases of the coronavirus in recent weeks. As a result, the County Council plans to draft an executive order mandating face coverings and adherence to social distancing guidelines in public. Violators could face fines for noncompliance.

From The Star Democrat:

The push to more firmly outline and enforce the health safety measures came at the suggestion of County Health Officer Dr. Fredia Wadley, who told the council during a Tuesday, July 21, meeting, she doesn’t think the county’s existing enforcement tools are sufficient to slow the virus’s spread.

A majority of the county’s reported cases have occurred among Easton residents, state zip code data show. Hospitalizations related to the virus in Talbot County, Wadley said Tuesday, have fluctuated from “low single digits” to “low double digits,” and now they’re “back down to high single digits.”

The executive order is still in draft and expected to be released at their upcoming council meeting on Tuesday, July 28. Specific details on gathering size, where masks will be mandated, and enforcement of the guidelines have yet to be determined.

More information can be found in the article published by The Star Democrat.

It should be noted that the statewide face mask mandate issued by Governor Hogan is still in effect, but local jurisdictions are responsible for setting their own guidance. Some counties have recently issued their own mandates to reinforce the requirement as their case numbers have increased.

Useful Links:

Baltimore Sun article: Mask mandates in Maryland: Where you need to wear one and what you need to know

Governor Hogan’s Face Covering Mandate

Guidance for Face Coverings in Schools

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