Frederick County businesses will have a few more days to prepare for a requirement that employees and customers cover their faces while in their establishments, after an executive order issued by Gov. Larry Hogan Wednesday afternoon.

Hogan’s order requires all customers over the age of nine to wear a mask or face covering in any business or restaurant, and for businesses to require all employees to cover their face while working.

Hogan’s mask requirement goes into effect at 7 a.m. Saturday.

A health order by the Frederick County Health Department requiring the wearing of masks by customers and employees in businesses and restaurants was supposed to go into effect Thursday.

But that order was rescinded Wednesday night because it was superseded by Hogan’s order.

Frederick’s Common Market has already ordered a large number of masks for employees, and many employees have already made their own, store manager Max Smith said Wednesday.

Smith said he’s seen a steady increase in the number of customers wearing masks as the viral pandemic has progressed.

“It’s the new social normality,” he said.

Smith said the store is also using a “gatekeeper” to track how many people are in the store at a given time.

Masks at Common Market

Lori Love wears a face mask while shopping at The Common Market Wednesday morning in Frederick. Thursday is the first day of the Frederick County requirement for all shoppers and staff at stores to wear some sort of protective face covering.

The Frederick County order announced Tuesday by Dr. Barbara Brookmyer, Frederick County’s Health Officer, would have required customers in essential businesses to wear face coverings, and to limit the number of people in the store or waiting to get in.

Hogan (R) said his order also applies to those employers, who must supply the masks/face coverings to their employees. It was postponed until Saturday in order to give those employers time to adhere to the order, Hogan said.

“The wearing of masks is something we may have to become more accustomed to in order to safely reopen our state,” Hogan said.

According to the executive order, those who don’t wear a mask or face covering in retail shops or public transportation may be fined up to $5,000 and/or sentenced up to a year in prison.

Common Market customer John Carria of Gettysburg said most people will comply with an order if it’s mandatory.

“Whether it’s necessary, [is] always an interesting question,” he said.

Montgomery County ordered the wearing of masks in businesses on Monday, and Serena Treworgy of Rockville said almost everyone she’s seen was already wearing them before the order went into effect.

The question is where to find masks if you haven’t already gotten them, she said as she ate lunch in Baker Park on Wednesday.

“If you have to wear them, it would be nice if they supplied them,” she said.

Ray Rosario of Frederick said there are too many unknowns in the current situation to say people shouldn’t wear masks.

It’s better to have them and not need them than to need them and not have them, he said.

If he and his children have to wear masks to help protect more vulnerable members of the community, “I think that’s our duty as a citizen,” Rosario said.

Daniel DaCosta said the new order makes sense, but he’s also seen a lot of people not wearing their masks properly.

Kaelyn Garcia said she doesn’t believe a lot of people’s homemade masks are actually protecting them, as she and DaCosta sat in the park.

“I feel like it’s just to ease people’s minds,” she said.

Staff writer Steve Bohnel contributed to this report.

Follow Ryan Marshall on Twitter: @RMarshallFNP

Ryan Marshall is the transportation and growth and development reporter for the News-Post. He can be reached at rmarshall@newspost.com.

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phydeaux994

Where are all of these new members of the FNP Opinion Forum coming from the last month?? Most of them RRR(RadicalRightRepublicans), not that there’s anything wrong with that. The Frederick County Republican Club must have sent out a memo telling it’s members to sign on to defend their Guy. Welcome to all, it’s a great place to hang out while on furlough.

User1

Sorry Fido...if you bothered to read and comprehend my last comment I did say “public sidewalk and practicing social distancing”. How can a store make people wait in their cars until the line is shorter to get into a store? And your right it does violate my right of peaceful assembly. Let Laughably Larry the RINO declare Martial Law then maybe he’ll have the authority!

hayduke2

Under the guise of personal freedom, this is nothing more than being self-centered and selfish. It is for the common good and the minor inconvienence is just that.

The Grape of Wrath

The answer to your question is, from under their rocks.

hayduke2

I think it is because the FNP opened their electronic version to the general public.

Obadiah Plainsmen

My interpretation of this is order is that wearing a face covering is only specific to the employees of essential businesses. Nobody is required (as of now) to wear face coverings while in your home/car/ or walking on the street. Only if YOU decide to go into an essential business then you are expected to adhere to the same requirements as the employee’s of that business.

The Grape of Wrath

USAT reports over 90% of the money handed out to businesses and earmarked for paying employees is spent. Yet businesses continue layoffs and pay halts. Where has the money gone? Where is the accounting?

Hydra4108

I'd like to know where the Maryland State money is? Has any small business owner who applied for the Maryland Emergency Loan Relief fund received their loan?

rikkitikkitavvi

Too many people with too many different levels of concern with too many levels of authority or no authority at all, meeting at the "Big Intersections of What Should We Do and How Should We Do It Within The Constitution?"

phydeaux994

We no longer are required to abide by the Constitution and Rule of Law which Donald John Trump has proved to be unenforceable. You can do anything you want to do including going into an essential business with no face covering or practicing social distancing or going up a one way aisle the wrong way in a grocery store or buying more than on package of toilet paper. Who do these people imposing these draconian rules think they are? This is AMERICA, Land of the Free, Home of the Brave!!!

jayel86

The masses seem to follow the media, and I feel like all this in some way is to make every one look stupid as well. It's too scripted to not be a political scheme.

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User1

Nah, just an idiot!

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MrSniper

The system corrupts those that choose to participate in it. We accept a marginal amount of corruption & immorality in return for relative peace. If you really want change, look no further than the tired old Thomas Jefferson quote, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time...”

aust42

How is forcing non-paranoid people to wear masks constitutional?

Craig Hicks

How is the mask requirement less constitutional than other government mandates aimed at public safety, such as laws prohibiting drivers from using hand-held cell phones?

Quisling

Some people would complain and gripe about a cure for cancer.

bosco

Some people would complain and gripe about a cure for cancer..... Only if Trump mentioned it [ninja]

michelle268

True... and if Trump suggested it, it would be protested.

awteam2000

The law is clear: the government has broad power in a public health emergency to take the steps needed to stop the spread of a communicable disease. In 1905, the Supreme Court declared: “Upon the principle of self-defense, of paramount necessity, a community has the right to protect itself against an epidemic of disease which threatens the safety of its members.”

The government can, if it chooses, impose criminal penalties on those who willfully disobey orders designed to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

See: HENNING JACOBSON, , v. COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS.

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/197/11

gabrielshorn2013

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The Grape of Wrath

Explain that to the Michigan goobers.

hayduke2

non-paranoid or obstinent and ill-informed?

aust42

hayduke2 I'm a numbers guy. Last I checked the number of people who have died from this Virus represents literally 0.000006% of the population. Of those who have died 90% of those people already had an underlying health issue. Tens of thousands have got the Virus and their immune systems took care of it. And Yes the Flu has killed more people to date. So our Government shuts down and destroys the economy over this? The ramifications of this economic shut down will be way worse than the end result of this virus.

hayduke2

So why the world wide concern and the focus on this outbreak? Do you know something or have research that backs up your opinion? Do you think that testing in larger numbers may change your interpretation? Do you believe New York City over-reached ? Are the anecdotal stories from health care professionals untrue?

Jleftwich

Hey, “numbers guy”. So, someone’s parents, grandparents or their kid with an immunocompromised system; they’re all expendable?

Are you even comprehending what it is you’re saying? The “tens of thousands” of people you mention having the disease are the ones we KNOW about. What about the other potential untold number of people have it, and DON’T know it?

Pausing our economy sucks. There’s no rosy way of putting it. But, the ramifications of NOT doing just that is exponential in terms of the immense strain on our hospitals, and significantly more deaths.

Yeah. We all want to get back to normal, and back to work. But we need healthy (in every sense of the word) numbers of people to PUT back to work.

Hydra4108

If Maryland released statistics that were helpful, it would answer so many questions. How many people in Maryland that have died had comorbility issues? Show a percentage indicator , instead of compiled numbers. How many of these cases were born from an outbreak in a nursing home?

bosco

Hayduke, are those anecdotal stories from health professionals about the effectiveness of chloroquine untrue as well? Or is it just because Trump endorses it?

hayduke2

I prefer to hear results from studies too. Results are mixed. As far as Trump endorsing it, I could care less. He has no medical background, has an apparent vested interest in the drug, and often claims things that have no scientific basis. As far as the anecdotal references to the drug, those I've seen said they threw the "kitchen sink" at the patients so aren't sure of what actually worked or didn't work.

ecco123

One place I read said Saturday and the other said Thursday, which day does the mask wearing go in effect?

Quisling

In the article: "A health order by the Frederick County Health Department requiring the wearing of masks by customers and employees in businesses and restaurants was supposed to go into effect Thursday. But that order was rescinded Wednesday night because it was superseded by Hogan’s order."

MrSniper

Did you even read the article?

Dwasserba

Sigh. So many are wearing the mask over their eyes. Steep learning curve. We can't help them without touching them, but then they run away into things...

phydeaux994

Thursday in Frederick County and Saturday for the rest of the State of Maryland.

bosco

Wrong. Read the article:

"Hogan’s mask requirement goes into effect at 7 a.m. Saturday.

A health order by the Frederick County Health Department requiring the wearing of masks by customers and employees in businesses and restaurants was supposed to go into effect Thursday.

But that order was rescinded Wednesday night because it was superseded by Hogan’s order."

I'm ready for Saturday with my cowboy-style bandana but I think I'll leave the six-shooter at home.

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CheetoBenito

Struck a nerve, perhaps? Confederates are such snowflakes.

jwhamann

No need to smile anymore.

phydeaux994

Nobody is. At least the ones not wearing masks.

Russian

No one knows if Covid-19 survivors are actually immune to re-infection until the scientists can determine this the economy can’t open without extraordinary precautions.

Russian

Covid-19 testing isn’t a panacea it’s going to settle markets and give people a false sense of security we need a Covid-19 vaccine and an effective antiviral treatment not Fake Testing

User1

No, we really need a anti-Russian vaccine!

phydeaux994

Trump would stop that threat to his friend real fast. Now if you had said an anti-Democrat vaccination....!?!

marinick1

[thumbup]User1!

Russian

Dr. Robert Gallo, the co-founder and director of the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, was one of the scientists who discovered HIV, and later went on to develop the first antibody test for the virus.

Some will say the antibody test also means you can go back to work. That may be true, but we can’t tell if the antibodies are protective. There are some suggestions that when you have antibodies, you're associated with clearing the virus when the antibody titers are good. A titer is a measurement of antibody levels in a person's blood. But that's not always the case. Sometimes the antibodies are positive and the person is still very infectious. So, you have to remember that.

I'd like to say there are antibodies and there are antibodies and there are antibodies. Some are nothing at all. Some are protective indicators. And sometimes, though not so commonly, they can make matters worse.

bosco

Google Schrodinger's cat and therein lies the quandry about testing.

Reader

This shows that you know nothing about antibodies

Boover88

The Russian is at it again hopefully something silences him🙏 i respect everyones view but dam another 4 post its like a noisy neighbor you wish would disappear

Have a great day stay safe 🤠

marinick1

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TomWheatley

Yup, nailed it.

TomWheatley

I see we have a dress code now.

steelersfan2005

always had, no shoes, no shirt, no service.

Russian

Trump didn’t object to firing a carrier captain for trying to save US sailors lives for Covid-19 so you gonna trust him with now your families lives?

User1

Hay fake Russian...keep repeating the fake news. He was “relieved of command” for failing to follow the chain of command and sending classified messages over unclassified means. Called OPSEC!

Dwasserba

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/apr/06/how-to-make-no-sew-face-mask-coronavirus

bosco

All of you Young Pioneers be sure to wear your red neckerchiefs when you go out.

benedictus

“ Kaelyn Garcia said she doesn't believe a lot of people's homemade masks are actually protecting them”...which is somewhat true. But the masks are meant to prevent others, not yourself.

bellboy309

I noticed that comment also. She should worry about herself and quit being so critical of others. At least they are trying.

jayel86

She's not being critical she's being realistic.

User1

Now to hopefully get back to the topic on hand.....I like to see how the “essential businesses” enforce the number of people that can wait in line outside waiting to get. Telling people “only 20 allowed in line the rest must wait in their cars”. Sorry honey, public sidewalk. As long as I keep my social distancing I can get in line. Or would the county rather have a mad dash of people rushing to the end of the line as soon as someone’s let into the store?

phydeaux994

user1 👍👍👍👍 PROTEST!!! Defend your Right to Assemble in large groups close together with no face coverings. 👍👍👍👍

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