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Maryland reviewing new CDC masking guidelines for COVID-19

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Maryland officials are reviewing new federal masking guidelines that differ from a directive Gov. Larry Hogan announced earlier this week.

Spokesmen for the governor’s office and the Maryland Department of Health would not say Friday whether Maryland will stick to the benchmark Hogan named on Wednesday: that 70% of Maryland adults must be at least partially vaccinated before the state will lift its indoor mask mandate.

“We continue to review the CDC guidance,” said Michael Ricci, a spokesman for Hogan, in response to a question about whether Maryland would keep the 70% metric. A health department spokesman provided an identical response.

A customer removes his face mask while enjoying a beer on the patio at Pecan Penny's  in May.

Health Secretary Dennis Schrader told WTOP Thursday that Maryland will stick with the metric before lifting the indoor mask mandate, but the spokesmen did not confirm that on Friday.

Hogan announced the 70% benchmark a day before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance that largely allows people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to stop wearing masks, including in most indoor settings.

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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service