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Governor Hogan Says Outdoor Dining Will Reopen

Outdoor Dining Opening in Ocean City

Friday, May 29 at 5pm Restrictions Lessen

(May 27, 2020)During Governor Hogan’s press conference today he announced Maryland can now complete its move to into the first phase of a three step plan to bring Maryland back to full recovery from the coronavirus shutdown. Starting Friday, May 29 at 5pm the following will be open:

Restaurants and social organizations ( American Legions, for example) –  for outside dining.

  • Tables must be appropriately spaced apart
  • No more than 6 people at a table
  • Strict public health measures must be taken
  • Restaurant staff must have daily temp checks and wear masks
  • All tables and chairs must be sanitized between use
  • Paper menus for one time use is encouraged

The Governor also said his team encourages local leaders to be innovative. He gave examples of street closures to allow restaurants to spread out  tables and allow for more outdoor seating than typical.

Other Restrictions changing:

Outdoor pools

  • are now at a 25% capacity

Youth activities

  • camps and sports can meet with limited numbers and no contact activities
  • groups limited to no more than 10
  • staff and campers should wear masks
  • staff need daily symptom checks

Drive-in Theaters can open

Physical distancing and masking standards:

  • Social distancing and masking is still encouraged when ever possible
  • Masks are still needed in retail stores
  • Telework is encouraged indefinitely

The Governor said, “The fight with this virus is in no means over.”, but referenced the metrics that need to be watched are on a decline. Which he also said may allow Maryland to move into stage 2 as early as next week if the the numbers continue to trend downward.

To watch full press conference click here

Click here to view the full Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery plan

COVID-19 Resources Quick Links


Jessica Bauer
Jessica Bauer
Jessica is a creative through and through. She loves creating from sun up to sun down. She is an artist, a friend, a mom, a wife, and whatever other hat she might wear in a day. You might find Jessica with a camera or sketch pad in the local area, but you might find her far and away as she loves to travel. If you see her say, hi and give her dog/baby, Joey a hello too since they usually travel together!

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