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Governor’s Office Clarifies Health Proclamation

July 19th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

A proclamation signed by Governor Hogan last Monday declares that a State of Emergency and Catastrophic Health Emergency continues to exist in Maryland. However, a spokesman for the governor says the measure does not renew the State of Emergency that was lifted on July 1, but does keep conditions of the emergency in place through the 45-day grace period, ending Aug. 15.

Under the grace period, driver's licenses that expired to the pandemic are still valid until Aug. 15 and the state's moratorium on evictions remains in place until that date.

The proclamation makes no mention of restoring indoor mask mandates, or capacity restrictions but acknowledges that the virus remains a health threat.

Under the proclamation, restrictions on state spending to respond to the virus continue to be lifted. 

The action was taken as the rate of new cases increases, mostly linked to the delta variant and unvaccinated people.