Gov. Larry Hogan pushed to further reopen Maryland from coronavirus pandemic-related shutdowns today, laying out a timeline for indoor dining, outdoor amusements, indoor gyms, casinos and malls to resume operations with restrictions over the next couple of weeks.
As with past announcements, when those businesses reopen will be contingent on city and county leaders signing on. Over the past month, several jurisdictions — including Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties — have adopted slower reopening plans than Hogan allowed.
With local approval, the following activities will be allowed in Maryland starting at 5 p.m. Friday:
- Indoor dining at restaurants, limited to 50% capacity, with tables at least six feet apart and other public health protective measures.
- Outdoor amusements, such as miniature golf and go-kart tracks, limited to 50% capacity and with other public health protective measures.
With local approval, the following activities will be allowed in Maryland starting at 5 p.m. June 19:
- Indoor fitness centers, gyms, martial arts, dance and other studio-type activities, limited to 50% capacity and with other public health protective measures.
- Casinos, arcades and malls can reopen with public health protective measures.
Hogan, a Republican, said the looser restrictions will be safe only if people continue to wear masks and practice social distancing. “The fight against this virus is far from over,” Hogan said during a State House news conference.
Read more at The Baltimore Sun.