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Maryland’s COVID State of Emergency Officially Ends

Maryland officially lifted its coronavirus state of emergency on Thursday, lifting all pandemic-related mandates and restrictions.

Masks are no longer mandatory throughout the state but businesses, schools, camps and child care facilities can set their own policies.

Maryland will start a 45-day grace period for residents beginning Thursday until August 15 to transition to normal lives during the pandemic. The transition period will allow residents to renew expired driver’s licenses, extend the moratorium on evictions related to the pandemic and allow health officials to change over from emergency operations.

Gov. Larry Hogan, who first enacted the state emergency at the pandemic’s outset in March 2020, said on June 15 that he would lift the coronavirus restrictions based on the state’s positively trending metrics and vaccination rates.

As of Thursday, 74.7% of Maryland adults have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, a rate surpassing 40 states. Plus, the state has the second-lowest case rate in the country.

Maryland has also reported an 80% decrease in coronavirus hospitalizations since mid-April, according to health department statistics.

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