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Hogan Announces Executive Order Requiring Masks

April 16th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Governor Larry Hogan on Wednesday announced an executive order requiring Marylanders to wear face coverings in retail stores as well as on any form of public transportation in the state.  Additionally, the order requires that retail staff wear masks and that employers of retail stores incorporate social distancing measures to protect shoppers, including requiring spacing of customers in line and sanitizing or providing ways of sanitizing carts and baskets available to customers. The order is due to go into effect at 7 a.m. Saturday.  While the number of  COVID-19 cases and deaths are still moving upward, Hogan says there are some encouraging indicators, and soon the state can begin to take a serious look into reopening the economy…


30 Responses to “Hogan Announces Executive Order Requiring Masks”

  1. April 16, 2020 at 6:06 am, Ken said:

    I don’t know why but I get the feeling a few people here are not going to like this.


  2. April 16, 2020 at 7:13 am, linmarie said:

    Virginia is already doing in compliance. I would rather follow the guidelines and be above ground then below or on a refrigerated truck. Stay safe.


  3. April 16, 2020 at 7:36 am, Bob said:

    Which guidelines? Just a couple of weeks ago the surgeon general was telling us that masks were unnecessary and could be dangerous! Anyone reasonably bright knew that was nonsense but that was not a big part of the population. Now the line is that masks don’t protect the wearer but just folks around them and one sees it repeated here!


    • April 16, 2020 at 8:53 am, David said:

      > Indeed Bob!! They constantly change the narrative. It is amazing that there aren’t many scientific studies on this topic, however there is at least one and it advises against the general public wearing masks.


      • April 16, 2020 at 8:59 am, Lav said:

        > This change happened because they learned more about the virus and its ability to aerate. Back when the first thought was only the sick were to wear masks, the virus was thought to only be contagious through touching eyes, nose, mouth, etc. Since then, they have learned that it can hang in the air in droplets. Also, it has done some mutating. This is now a win-win for everyone. Wear a mask in stores/shops, etc.


        • April 16, 2020 at 9:40 am, Dan said:

          > IT is not a win for anyone! Fearmongerer


          • April 16, 2020 at 1:29 pm, Lav said:

            > Don’t wear one. Don’t do anything. Get the virus. Just don’t spread it. Some of us care about ourselves and others.

        • April 16, 2020 at 9:51 am, Bob said:

          > Your source for the claim that they changed their story because they learned more are the very same folks who spread the earlier disinformation.


        • April 16, 2020 at 5:37 pm, Joe Wellberg said:

          > So Lav how about you wear one and let everyone else decide for themselves. I rather drive to West Virginia to buy my groceries.


          • April 17, 2020 at 2:29 pm, Dan said:

            > Agreed! Lav seems to be scared.

        • April 17, 2020 at 2:34 pm, Dan said:

          > A “mutation” is just a change in a virus’s genetic code. Most mutations don’t really change how the virus functions.


      • April 16, 2020 at 9:48 am, Ken said:

        > The main driver for telling the public not to wear masks was that our medical professionals need to wear protective gear. At that time all of it was being bought up leaving them without adequate resources.

        As far as a mask being useless, why don’t you try telling that to our doctors and nurses. I’m sure they would welcome a laugh about now.


        • April 16, 2020 at 11:04 am, Dan said:

          > Yet they are still getting the virus!


          • April 17, 2020 at 9:23 am, Ken said:

            > Indeed they are. Are you really going to tell everyone that they would be safer without them?

            Come on, please, I could use a laugh right now.

  4. April 16, 2020 at 9:32 am, jim said:

    Side note for those with allergies. Snugly fitting sunglasses could prevent pollen and dander from contacting the eye.


  5. April 16, 2020 at 9:39 am, jim said:

    …the gov is merely providing a false sense of security to those who do not know how air works.


    • April 16, 2020 at 9:50 am, Ken said:

      > “to those who do not know how air works.”

      This from a guy who obviously knows more about this virus than people who have studied Epidemiology for their entire professional careers.

      This is why we can’t have nice funerals.


      • April 16, 2020 at 12:13 pm, Dan said:

        > Nice Funerals? What kind of weird statement is that? Ken stop riding the crazy train.


        • April 17, 2020 at 9:25 am, Ken said:

          > Dan, you didn’t make the connection to the old “This is why we can’t have nice things” line?

          Tough audience.


    • April 17, 2020 at 9:33 am, Ken said:

      > Jim,

      A while back, I asked myself how I would feel if I accidentally killed one or more people by infecting them with this virus.

      Personally, I’m not sure I would want to live with that.

      How would you feel?


      • April 17, 2020 at 2:31 pm, Dan said:

        > Stay home Ken, stay scared.


  6. April 16, 2020 at 9:56 am, Goose said:

    I’ll do anything to stop the spread. Since we haven’t been tested how do we really know if we aren’t part of the silent carriers? I’d rather err on the side of safety.


  7. April 16, 2020 at 10:08 am, jim said:

    Ken, are you referring to the same doctors and nurses who are being infected at high rates in their workplace?


    • April 17, 2020 at 9:30 am, Ken said:

      > Why yes, they are.

      Are you going to tell us that the masks aren’t working? Do you really believe that you’d be safer without wearing a mask?

      You do know medical people are supposed to dispose of masks and protective clothing each time they visit an infected patient, right? Have you heard they don’t have enough protective gear to follow this practice?

      I’m betting you’re a smart enough guy to figure out how that might be a problem.

      Feel free to prove me wrong.


      • April 17, 2020 at 2:30 pm, Dan said:

        > A mask does not keep you from getting sick, the mask keeps infected people from spreading it.


  8. April 16, 2020 at 1:14 pm, Brian said:

    Does this apply to illegal aliens they seem to be able to break every other law


  9. April 16, 2020 at 5:35 pm, Joe Wellberg said:

    Governor Hogan can keep wearing his masks. We won’t wear one.


    • April 16, 2020 at 9:01 pm, Bob said:

      > Is that the “Royal we” or do you figure a few folks share one?


      • April 17, 2020 at 2:38 pm, Dan said:

        > I for one will not!


  10. April 17, 2020 at 2:37 pm, Dan said:

    Ken if you are an older gentleman, or have pre-existing conditions stay home. The majority, 90% are surviving this. Keep calm and carry on!


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