Montgomery County to limit gatherings to 10; require masks inside and outside

Montgomery County has announced that as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, gatherings will be limited to 10 people, and everyone will be required to wear a mask whether they’re inside or outside.

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The order comes one day after County Executive Marc Elrich pleaded for a roll back to phase 1 restrictions in order to curb a resurgent coronavirus in Maryland.

According to the order from the health department, face shields will not satisfy the requirement to wear coverings inside and outside of facilities in the county.

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After months of declining cases, the novel coronavirus is once again on the rise across the state of Maryland.

Governor Larry Hogan last week rolled back a number of reopening guidelines, and then announced on Monday that “compliance units” would be deployed to make sure the restrictions would be adhered to.

READ MORE: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to launch 'compliance units' this week amid COVID-19 surge

The statewide positivity rate stood at 6.88% on Monday. Most states strive to maintain less than 5%. 

You can read the complete order here.