BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore mayor Jack Young and other officials addressed city residents at 10 a.m. on the latest related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Young announced he will be extending the moratorium on event permits through October.

That means the city will not approve permits for certain larger sized events through the fall and will revaluate in the future.

Despite the moratorium, Young announced 250 live spectators will be allowed at Pimlico Saturday for the Preakness Stakes, ut the Maryland Jockey Club said those spots will be reserved for essential staff needed for the event.

City health officials also discouraged residents from celebrating Halloween with the traditional trick-or-treating.

Baltimore Officials Discourage Traditional Trick Or Treating, Indoor Halloween Parties To Deter COVID-19 Spike

The city is also working with restaurants to help them get heating solutions for their outdoor dining areas.

The city has cut down the process for setting up outdoor heating, adjusting the timeline from a month to three business days.

All fees associated with heating for restaurants will be waived, officials said. Restaurants should call the city’s Fire Marshal’s Office at 410-396-5752 for more information.

The mayor also encouraged residents to get their flu shot.

CBS Baltimore Staff

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