Last Updated 9:11 a.m.. EST, 10/1/2020
COVID-19 hospitalizations have been fluctuating but the state’s positivity rate continues to drop. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced he is moving the state into Phase 3 of the reopening plan.
State officials say most new coronavirus cases in the state were linked to family gatherings. With the holiday season about to arrive, health officials are concerned about spread as people plan to trick-or-treat or gather as families. Masks are mandatory around the state.
Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday that on Friday, Sept. 4, Maryland will enter Phase 3 of its reopening plan. That means indoor restaurants can expand their capacity to 75% and indoor entertainment venues and movie theaters can also reopen with some limitations and safety measures.
Baltimore City officials said they however will not move into Phase 3 on Friday.
Indoor malls, gyms, nail salons, tattoo parlors and other personal services were previously open at 50% capacity as well as other non-essential businesses, like casinos.
Preakness will go in Baltimore without fans, although up to 250 staffers are allowed at Pimlico.
However in Baltimore City, officials extended the moratorium on events permits.
Gov. Larry Hogan announced schools could reopen for some in-person learning, but many districts are still beginning the school year virtually.
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