Announced April 11, 2020

Dear Prince Georgians:

Today I am writing to announce that I will sign an Executive Order requiring all patrons shopping in County grocery stores, pharmacies and large chain retail establishments to wear masks or face coverings to enter. The order also requires individuals who ride “TheBus”, our County’s bus transit system, to wear masks or face coverings onboard.

This Executive Order takes effect Wednesday, April 15, 2020. The order will also require that grocery stores, pharmacies and large retailers promote social distancing inside and outside of the stores while customers wait.

The safety and wellbeing of all Prince Georgians during this pandemic is my top priority. For the protection of employees who work in these establishments, as well as the customers who need these essential services, it is critical that each person does their part to cover their faces and minimize their exposure to others.

These steps will be critical to help us flatten the curve and prevent the spread of COVID-19. We know there are people with the virus who are walking around and showing no symptoms, and these actions will prevent them from spreading it to others.

I also want to remind Prince Georgians about the Governor’s stay-at-home order this Easter weekend. Please resist the urge to visit family members for large gatherings, and instead, host virtual celebrations with family and friends. While I know this will be difficult for many, it is necessary to help us prevent the further spread of this virus in our community.

Following these guidelines will not only protect you, but will also protect your fellow Prince Georgians. We are in this together and we will get through this crisis together. Stay safe, stay strong, and I wish everyone celebrating tomorrow a happy and blessed Easter!

Yours in service,

Angela Alsobrooks

Prince George’s County Executive