ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Gov. Larry Hogan announced more coronavirus-related restrictions would be lifted on Friday, June 5 taking Maryland into stage 2 of his Roadmap to Recovery plan.

Non-essential businesses can reopen at 5 p.m., excluding restaurants without outdoor seating, bars and gyms.

Although things are reopening, Hogan said that there’s still a 10 person or less limit on social gatherings.

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“The 10-person limit is technically still in effect, because it’s still not really safe to gather with people closely together, but most people are not following that and it’s probably something I think every state still has in place and nobody’s following it,” Hogan said.

Hogan was responding to a reporter’s question about groups of protesters clearly gathering in large groups against the governor’s order.

The governor, however, thanked protesters in Baltimore for remaining peaceful and setting a national example.

He also encouraged anyone who protested to take advantage of the state’s free COVID-19 tests and to avoid hugging their grandmas for a while.

For full coverage of the George Floyd unrest in Minneapolis, go to CBS Minnesota.

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