Governor Hogan held a Tuesday press conference to announce that he is relaxing some of the state-wide COVID-19 restrictions.
CAPACITY LIMITS: 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, skating rinks).
LARGE VENUES AT 50% CAPACITY: Effective Friday, March 12, 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, like Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Masking, physical distancing and other safety protocols will remain in place for all indoor and outdoor business and establishments.
MEDICAL ADULT DAY CARE CENTERS: Medical adult day care centers will also reopen, with facilities able to set appropriate restrictions and safety measures.
OUT-OF-STATE TRAVEL: Quarantine requirements and other restrictions regarding out-of-state travel will also be lifted. A Maryland Department of Health advisory will remain in place continuing to encourage Marylanders to get tested upon their return.
TELEWORK: With contact tracing continuing to show transmission among individuals working in office settings, employers are encouraged to continue supporting telework when possible.
MASKING: The statewide masking order in Maryland remains in full force and effect.
"With the pace of vaccinations rapidly rising and our health metrics steadily improving, the lifting of these restrictions is a prudent, positive step in the right direction and an important part of our economic recovery," Hogan said. "These steps are made possible because of Marylanders wearing masks, washing their hands, keeping their distance and following the public health advice."
The Governor stresses that the statewide masking order in Maryland remains in full effect.