The Governor says health metrics have improved.
Annapolis, Md (KM) Good news for restaurants owners and operators in Maryland. Governor Larry Hogan has issued an executive order stating that as of Monday, February 1st, the state’s eateries can stay open past 10:00 PM for inside dining.
“With our data trends showing continued improvement, the holiday surges behind us, and the increasing speed of vaccinations, we are now able to take this step,:” the Governor says in a statement. “Marylanders must continue to remain vigilant in order to keep ourselves, our families and our communities safe and healthy.”
The requirement to close at 10:00 PM was issued last year to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Restaurants could continue providing carryout and delivery services past 10:00 PM, but no indoor dining.
The Governor’s Office also announced that $30-million has been allocated to the state’s relief program for food establishments, adding to $50-mlllion announced in October. Restaurants must apply for these grants through their local jurisdictions. The money can be used for rent, payroll and job training; equipment purchases to expand outdoor dining, which can include tents, heaters and carts and more. Final criteria and guidelines will be decided by the individual jurisdictions.
By Kevin McManus