LA PLATA, Md. – Earlier today, the Charles County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to remove the county’s mask mandate from private businesses. Now, they will be soliciting input at an upcoming public hearing.

The Charles County Commissioners, sitting as the Charles County Board of Health, will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 6:00 p.m., to consider proposed regulations that would institute required face coverings in Charles County, to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The proposed regulation would institute a Charles County Wide mask mandate.  This mask mandate requires the use of Face Coverings, meaning a covering that fully covers a person’s nose and mouth , inside of any Charles County business, commercial establishment, restaurant, store, place of worship or any other building open to and allowing entrance of the public.

The meeting will be held remotely via video teleconference.  Persons with questions or requests for more information regarding this hearing may call 301-645-0555.  The hearing is open to the public and public testimony is encouraged.

The public meeting is scheduled to be conducted virtually. To register to speak during the Public Hearing, please call 301-885-2779  on December 15, 2021 between 8a.m. and 4p.m. at that time, registered speakers will be provided information on how to join the virtual public hearing. Speakers are asked to be available between 6:00pm– 9:00pm. on December 15, 2021. If a registered speaker is unavailable, the County has the right to move onto the next caller.

Comments may also be submitted online beginning December 1, 2021 at 8:00am through December 15, 2021 4pm by using the e-comment feature at https://www.charlescountymd.gov/government/public-comments/required-face-coverings-to-reduce-the-spread-of-covid-19  or by calling 301-645-0652 to leave a message.  In addition, residents may submit comments by mail to the following address: Commissioners of Charles County, 200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, MD 20646.  Comments sent by mail must be received no later than December 15, 2021.

Those residents with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service TDD 1-800-735-2258.

BY ORDER OF THE CHARLES COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Reuben B. Collins, II, Esq., President

In the event the notified meeting is canceled due to events beyond the control of the County, all items scheduled to be discussed or heard at the meeting will be rescheduled to a later date.