Maryland starts COVID-19 testing program for underserved; lifts outdoor mask requirement

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Maryland is launching a free COVID-19 testing program in Hagerstown and Salisbury retail facilities to enhance testing in underserved communities.

The Maryland Department of Health launched the mobile pilot program on Thursday in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The two-week pilot will be conducted as part of the federal government’s Increasing Community Access to Testing Program. The pilot will run for two weeks in the parking lot outside Walmart Superstores in Hagerstown and Salisbury. The sites will be open April 29-May 2 and May 6-9, from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Maryland is also lifting its outdoor mask requirement to be in line with Centers for Disease Control guidelines. Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday that face coverings are still required for all Maryland residents at all large ticketed venues. They also are required indoors at all public and private businesses across the state and when using public transportation.

People who aren’t yet vaccinated are strongly encouraged to continue wearing masks outdoors, especially when physical distancing isn’t possible. Starting Saturday, standing service may resume outdoors at bars and restaurants. All restrictions related to outdoor dining capacity and distancing will be lifted Saturday.


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