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Maryland to Begin Stage 2 Reopening Effective June 5, 2020

Maryland to Begin Stage 2 Reopening Effective June 5, 2020

MARYLAND GOVERNOR LARRY HOGAN ANNOUNCES STAGE 2 REOPENING EFFECTIVE FRIDAY, JUNE 5TH AT 5:00 PM

STATE GOVERNMENT OFFICES WILL BEGIN TO REOPEN MONDAY, JUNE 8TH IN A PHASED MANNER.

Today, Governor Larry Hogan announced the Stage 2 reopening of many non-essential businesses effective this Friday at 5:00 pm.  As with prior announcements, local jurisdictions may opt out of these reopenings and continue closures or impose stricter requirements.  Similar to Phase 1, special attention should be paid to directives from the local jurisdictions in the Baltimore/Washington Corridor, several of whom did not enact Phase 1 as soon as it was authorized by the Governor.  Entities that can reopen should continue social distancing and take enhanced safety precautions.  Gatherings larger than 10 persons remain prohibited.  Businesses that can reopen this Friday at 5:00 pm include:

  • Retail, IT companies, wholesalers, legal, accounting, financial, insurance, design architectural firms can all reopen, along with other businesses
  • Some personal service establishments such as tanning salons, massage parlors and others
  • Telework is still encouraged where possible along with social distancing and enhanced safety measures

State Government will begin to reopen in a phased manner Monday, June 8th, including MVA offices by appointment only.  Additionally, mass transit schedules will begin to return to a more normal schedule.

Businesses that remain closed include:

  • indoor seating in restaurants
  • casinos
  • indoor gyms and fitness centers
  • movie theaters

Further, the Governor reiterated that the prohibition on social gatherings of more than 10 persons remains in effect – although he recognizes many are no longer following that rule.

See the Executive Order attached to this email, the Roadmap to recovery document for Stage 2 and link to the press conference below.

https://governor.maryland.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Gatherings-EIGHTH-AMENDED-6.3.20.pdf

https://governor.maryland.gov/2020/06/03/governor-hogan-announces-beginning-of-stage-two-of-marylands-covid-19-recovery-safe-and-gradual-reopening-of-workplaces-and-businesses/

https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=289669045529041&ref=watch_permalink

Governor Hogan noted that trend data will determine the timing of further reopening announcements, including the possibility of opening outdoor amusement, fitness, sporting and summer activities.

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.

For more information on this and all other COVID-19 related issues please visit our regularly updated RWL COVID-19 Subgroup Page:  https://www.rwllaw.com/covid-19-information-and-assistance/.

We will continue to provide updates as they become available.  At RWL we continue to stand ready to assist you during these difficult times.  We can be reached at (410) 269-5066, online at https://www.rwllaw.com/ and on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter.

 

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