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Governor Hogan: Stay-at-home order to be lifted at 5pm on Friday, some businesses allowed to reopen

UPDATE: County Executive Johnny Olszewski on Wednesday evening expressed concern over the governor’s reopening plan and said that Baltimore County would determine next steps within the next 24 hours.

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ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan held a press conference on Wednesday evening to provide an update on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

At the news conference, Governor Hogan announced that Maryland’s stay-at-home order would be lifted at 5 p.m. on Friday evening.  The stay-at-home order will be replaced by a safer-at-home advisory.

“Today I am pleased to announce that Maryland has achieved the 14-day trend of plateauing and declining numbers,” said Governor Hogan. “This allows us to cautiously and safely begin Stage One of the recovery plan.”

Beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 15, retail stores in Maryland may reopen with up to 50% capacity; manufacturing may resume operations; personal services (barber shops and hair salons) may reopen at up to 50% capacity and by appointment only.

Pet groomers, animal adoption shelters, car washes, and art galleries will also be able to begin reopening.

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Churches and houses of worship may begin to safely hold religious services. Outside services are strongly encouraged, but inside services may be permitted at 50% capacity or less with appropriate safety protocols.

Governor Hogan’s revised executive order may be viewed here.

The full transcript from the press conference can be viewed here.

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