Maryland's expanded statewide mask order takes effect at 5 p.m. Friday.

The governor's order requires face masks be worn in public spaces of all businesses and in outdoor public areas whenever it is not possible to maintain physical distancing.

"Wearing a mask is the single-best mitigation strategy that we have to fight the virus, and the science and the data are very clear: It's the best way to keep you and your family safe, to keep people out of the hospital and to keep Maryland open for business," Hogan said.

Gov. Larry Hogan said Wednesday that Maryland is at a fork in the road, a critical turning point where the state could either continue making progress, or the state could ignore the warnings and spike back up like much of the rest of the country. Read more at WBALTV