Last Updated 9:11 a.m.. EST, 10/1/2020

Overview

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.

Reopening

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.

Closures

Preakness will go in Baltimore without fans, although up to 250 staffers are allowed at Pimlico.

Events

Maryland churches are open and can hold mass. Pools and playgrounds reopened in Baltimore on July 13 as well as summer camps.

However in Baltimore City, officials extended the moratorium on events permits.

Healthcare Status

Coronavirus hospitalizations hit lowest level in more than two months in the beginning of August. But then, hospitalizations began to fluctuate again. The state’s positivity rate is now below 3%.

Schools

Gov. Larry Hogan announced schools could reopen for some in-person learning, but many districts are still beginning the school year virtually.

How To Help

Twenty-thousand masks donated to front line workers helping Coronavirus patients in Maryland. Weekend backpacks for homeless kids steps up during COVID-19 pandemic, provides meals.

Public Transport

Train and bus services return to normal in Maryland Sunday, July 12 as more COVID-19 restrictions were lifted. The MTA announced it will decrease some service on buses and MARC trains.

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