After just over a year of grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, each day now brings us closer to seeing a light at the end of this very long tunnel. With the pace of vaccinations rapidly rising and our health metrics steadily improving, today we were able to take significant steps to further ease more of the mitigation measures currently in place.
The lifting of these restrictions is a prudent, positive step in the right direction and an important part of our economic recovery, but we must continue to be vigilant. The statewide masking order in Maryland remains in full force and effect. Over the past year, all of the data and all of the science have proven that the very simple step of wearing masks continues to be the single best mitigation strategy we have to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Together, we must continue doing the things that can keep us safe. Let’s continue to be smart.