UPDATE: Governor Hogan has released further details on the planned additional Stage Two reopenings.
Original story below…
ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan held a press conference on Wednesday evening to address the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to provide a progress report on the Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery.
At the conference, Governor Hogan said that Maryland has “crushed the curve” with regard to coronavirus hospitalizations and positivity rate.
“Because of the early and aggressive actions taken, we have not only flattened the curve, we have actually crushed the curve in Maryland,” said Governor Hogan. “Every one of the important metrics in our state has continued to drop across the board in every single jurisdiction.”
The statewide positivity rate is down to 7.2%, a more than 73% decrease since its peak 55 days ago. COVID-19 hospitalizations have dropped to 960, the lowest level in 61 days. ICU beds are at an 8-week low.
Effective Friday, June 12, at 5 p.m., indoor dining will be allowed to resume at Maryland restaurants at up to 50% capacity. Outdoor amusements, outdoor pools, rides, miniature golf, and go-kart tracks tracks may also resume operations with appropriate health and safety protocols.
Effective Friday, June 19, at 5 p.m., gyms and dance & martial arts studios may also reopen at up to 50% capacity, along with casinos, arcades, and malls. Pool halls, VFWs, American Legion posts, and other social clubs may also reopen at up to 50% capacity at 5 p.m. on June 19th.
The governor is also encouraging local schools, where possible, to plan and hold safe outdoor graduation ceremonies with appropriate capacity and distancing measures in place.
Baltimore County and Harford County residents must now wait for their respective County Executives to announce whether they will follow the governor’s lead.
Additional guidance and documentation can be viewed below.