Baltimore City indoor face mask mandate to end March 1 – WBAL TV Baltimore

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott on Thursday announced the city’s indoor mask mandate will be lifted March 1.Customers in retail shops, restaurants and venues will no longer be required to wear face masks.Scott cited improving health metrics and increased vaccination rates among city residents for the decision.”There is now an even brighter light at the end of the tunnel, and hopefully, we can begin to return to our new normal,” Scott said.According to Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa, the city’s positivity rate as of Tuesday was 2.03%, which is a 77% decrease from a month ago. Currently, the city’s seven-day average of new case rates is 18.37 per 100,000 people, which is a 78% decrease from a month ago.When it comes to vaccination rates, 76.8% of all city residents 5 and older have at least a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 67.7% are fully vaccinated.Although the city is encouraged by the trends, both the mayor and health commissioner encouraged people to stay masked up when inside crowded or poorly ventilated spaces.This change does not apply to city schools as the school system has its own mandate that has to be lifted in coordination with the state.Watch the mayor’s news conference:

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott on Thursday announced the city’s indoor mask mandate will be lifted March 1.

Customers in retail shops, restaurants and venues will no longer be required to wear face masks.

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Scott cited improving health metrics and increased vaccination rates among city residents for the decision.

“There is now an even brighter light at the end of the tunnel, and hopefully, we can begin to return to our new normal,” Scott said.

According to Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa, the city’s positivity rate as of Tuesday was 2.03%, which is a 77% decrease from a month ago. Currently, the city’s seven-day average of new case rates is 18.37 per 100,000 people, which is a 78% decrease from a month ago.

When it comes to vaccination rates, 76.8% of all city residents 5 and older have at least a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 67.7% are fully vaccinated.

Although the city is encouraged by the trends, both the mayor and health commissioner encouraged people to stay masked up when inside crowded or poorly ventilated spaces.

This change does not apply to city schools as the school system has its own mandate that has to be lifted in coordination with the state.

Watch the mayor’s news conference:

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