Biden 100 Days Virus

In this March 11, 2021, file photo President Joe Biden holds up his mask as he speaks about the COVID-19 pandemic during a prime-time address from the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

ANNAPOLIS — The state of Maryland is looking at its COVID mask mandates after new guidance from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Biden administration on wearing masks outdoors.

The CDC and Biden announced that those who have received COVID vaccines do not have to wear masks outdoors unless in crowded settings.

Gov. Larry Hogan will hold a briefing at 4 p.m. on Wednesday on the pandemic.

Maryland currently has a mask mandate requiring face coverings be worn indoors at work and other venues. The state mandate also requires masks outdoors if social distancing cannot be assured.

A spokesman for the Maryland Department of Health said the state is looking at the new CDC guidance on masks.

“The state will review the latest guidance from today's presidential announcement regarding outdoor masking. We continue to actively make vaccines more available to anyone who wants them and carefully monitor key health metrics,” said MDH spokesman Charles Gischlar.

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