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Governor Hogan: Capacity limits to be lifted at Maryland businesses, restaurants, churches, recreational establishments

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday afternoon held a press conference to provide an update on the state’s COVID-19 response measures.

Given the state’s improving coronavirus metrics, the governor announced that, effective Friday, March 12, at 5 p.m., capacity limits will be lifted on outdoor and indoor dining. Restaurants and bars will still be limited to seated and distanced service only.

Capacity limits will also be lifted on retail businesses, religious facilities, fitness centers, personal services, and indoor recreational establishments (casinos, bingo halls, bowling alley, and skating rinks).

Other large outdoor and indoor venues will expand to 50% capacity, including conference and wedding venues, concert venues, conventions, theaters, racing facilities, and sporting venues.

Masking, physical distancing, and other safety protocols will remain in place for all indoor and outdoor business and establishments.

Medical adult day care centers will also reopen, with facilities able to set appropriate restrictions and safety measures.

Quarantine requirements and other restrictions regarding out-of-state travel will also be lifted. A health advisory will remain in place continuing to encourage Marylanders to get tested upon their return.

The statewide masking order in Maryland remains in full force and effect.

Governor Hogan’s updated executive order can be read online here and here.

Full details from Governor Hogan’s announcement can be viewed here.

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