Indoor Mask Mandate Will Resume Saturday 

Montgomery County’s indoor mask mandate will be reinstated at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, per a release from the county.

The change follows seven straight days of substantial COVID-19 transmission as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Earlier this month, the county council, sitting as the Board of Health, passed an amended regulation to reinstate the indoor mask mandate if the county reached seven straight days of substantial transmission, rather than one day as the board’s original regulation required. A few-days lag is meant to give businesses and establishments time to update their measures, county officials have previously said.

The mandate will be lifted again if the county maintains moderate COVID-19 transmission for seven straight days. The regulation will automatically terminate when 85% or more of the county’s total population is fully vaccinated per CDC data. Currently, that number is at 78.2%.

The CDC says moderate transmission is 10–49.99 new cases per 100,000 people in the last seven days and substantial transmission is 50-99.99 cases per 100,000 people in the last seven days.

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Maryam Shahzad

About Maryam Shahzad

Maryam is a reporter with Montgomery Community Media. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. Previously, she was an intern with MCM. She can be reached at or on Twitter @maryam_mcm.


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