At 3:30 p.m. on March 9, Governor Larry Hogan held a press conference to discuss COVID-19 updates. Citing continuous drops in coronavirus transmission rates, positivity rates and hospitalizations, he announced that Maryland will be lifting a variety of restrictions on businesses, venues and activities.
- Removing capacity limits for indoor and outdoor dining at restaurants and bars with seated service
- Removing capacity limits for retail stores, religious facilities, fitness centers, casinos, personal services (such as nail salons and hairdressers), and indoor recreational establishments
- Large outdoor and indoor venues have expanded to a 50% capacity limit (theaters, concerts, conventions, conferences, wedding venues, outdoor entertainment and sporting facilities)
- Medical adult daycare centers may reopen with facilities that are able to set restrictions
- Out-of-state travel restrictions have been lifted, though testing is still encouraged upon return
- Businesses that are able to are encouraged to continue teleworking
- Mask wearing is still in full effect
The updates are effective March 12 at 5 p.m.
Additionally, Gov. Hogan announced that the Western Maryland mass vaccination site in Hagerstown will open one week early on March 25.
- Gov. Larry Hogan’s March 9 Executive Order regarding use of face coverings
- Md. Department of Health March 9 General Directives concerning limiting the spread of COVID-19
- Gov. Larry Hogan’s Feb. 11 COVID-19 Press Conference
- COVID-19 Resources: Baltimore Region’s School Opening Plans
- Mayor Brandon Scott loosens dining restrictions in Baltimore City
- Gov. Larry Hogan’s Jan. 11 COVID-19 Economic Relief Press Conference
- Gov. Larry Hogan’s Dec. 17 COVID-19 Press Conference
- Statement of Donald C. Fry, President & CEO, Greater Baltimore Committee, on New State Measures to Assist Small Business Affected by Covid-19 Pandemic
- Mayor Brandon Scott announces tighter restrictions to fight COVID-19 pandemic in Baltimore
- Congressional Letter of Support from the Business Community: COVD-19 Federal Relief