ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday held a press conference from the State House in Annapolis with Maryland Department of Health Secretary Dennis Schrader and Deputy Secretary Jinlene Chan.
The governor announced that, as of Tuesday, Maryland has administered more than 6.5 million vaccines and more than 72 percent of Marylanders 18 and older and nearly 90 percent of those over age 65 have received at least one dose.
The state’s 7-day positivity rate is 0.82 percent (the lowest since the pandemic began) and the case rate is down to 1.57 (the lowest level since March 2020). Hospitalizations (194) are at their lowest level since March 2020.
At the press conference, Governor Hogan announced the end of the COVID-19 state of emergency in Maryland. As of July 1, any and all emergency mandates and restrictions of any kind will come to and end.
Masks will no longer be required in any setting, including schools, camps, and child care facilities. Businesses and other workplaces are still able to set their own policies, but there will not be a legal mandate from the state requiring masks at any location.
“Thanks in large part to the hard work, the sacrifices, and the vigilance of the people of Maryland, we have finally reached the light at the end of that long tunnel,” said Governor Hogan. “Each and every one of you—your actions—have made this day possible. I am so proud of our state, and I’m grateful to have had this honor to serve as your governor. Thank you all for being Maryland Strong.”
The governor’s Executive Order ending the state of emergency can be viewed below.