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Maryland Governor Announces Further Reopenings to Include Outdoor Dining and Other Outdoor Activities

Maryland Governor Announces Further Reopenings to Include Outdoor Dining and Other Outdoor Activities

Today, Governor Larry Hogan announced the reopening of outdoor dining at restaurants and other outdoor activities, effective this Friday May 29th at 5:00 pm.  As with prior announcements, local jurisdictions may opt out of these reopenings and continue closures or impose stricter requirements.  As with Phase One, special attention should be paid to directives from the local jurisdictions in the Baltimore/Washington Corridor, several of whom did not enact Phase One as soon as it was authorized by the Governor.  Entities that can reopen must continue social distancing and take enhanced safety precautions, including requiring masks.  Businesses that can reopen this Friday at 5:00 pm include:

  • Outdoor dining at restaurants, American Legion halls, VFWs and other social, fraternal, or private clubs – with specific limitations as to distancing, max table capacity, etc.
  • Youth sports (limited low contact outdoor practices with limited group sizes)
  • Outdoor pools (limited capacity)
  • Drive in movie theaters
  • Youth day camps (capacity and other limitations)

See the revised Executive Order:  Gatherings-7th-AMENDED-5.27.20

Governor Hogan noted that trend data will determine the timing of further reopening announcements, including Phase Two – but not earlier than next week.

This process remains fluid based on developments pertaining to COVID-19 and we will continue to monitor these matters.  Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have any questions or need assistance.

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