Surge in COVID-19 cases in Maryland calls for further restrictions on restaurants and bars
Frederick, MD (KB) During a news conference on Tuesday, Governor Larry Hogan announced further restrictions due to Maryland’s recent surge in COVID-19 cases.
Effective Wednesday at 5PM, the capacity for indoor operations at bars and restaurants will be reduced from 75 percent back to 50 percent.
The Maryland Department of Health also expanded its advisory against non-essential travel to states with positivity rates above 10 percent.
“You should immediately postpone or cancel travel to any of these states with spiking metrics,” Hogan warned. “Anyone who has to travel outside the state for an essential reason, upon their return to Maryland, should immediately get tested for COVID-19 and self-quarantine while awaiting the results of the test,” he said.
Hogan also addressed an update in teleworking.
“Effective immediately, all state employees who are approved to telework, must, again, begin a period of mandatory telework, except for essential direct public-facing services and other essential personnel,” he advised.
A public health advisory has been issued against any indoor gatherings of 25 people or more, specifically targeting family gatherings and house parties.
Maryland has moved into the “red zone” for number of cases per 100,000, Hogan said.