Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced an executive order Wednesday ordering all residents to wear masks when entering grocery stores, retail shops or similar facilities.
Hogan said the order also applies to those employers, who must supply the masks/face coverings to their employees. In order to give those employers time to adhere to the order, it will go into effect starting 7 a.m. Saturday, Hogan added.
"The wearing of masks is something we may have to become more accustomed to in order to safely reopen our state," Hogan said.
Hogan also announced that FEMA and HHS are parterning with state officials to assist the state's "strike teams," which are composed of the state's National Guard, health officials and others in helping deal with the coronavirus spreading in nursing homes and other similar facilities.
"These elite teams bring many years of experience and they have been tasked with conducting medical assistance of patients in facilities and they will assist staff with testing and control practices," Hogan said.