ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday called for all 24 jurisdictions in Maryland to move to the third phase of the state’s coronavirus recovery plan, which several counties have not yet done.

Anne Arundel, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, as well as Baltimore City, remain in the second phase of the recovery plan, according to the governor’s office.

During a news conference Thursday afternoon, Hogan said while the conditions on the ground made reopening at a slower rate earlier a “prudent” decision, the health metrics show more reopening can be done safely.


“Solving and slowing the spread of this virus and saving lives continues to be our most important priority,” Hogan said, “And with our health metrics continuing to remain low and stable, local jurisdictions should be focused on our economic health and well-being as well.”

Much of the state moved to the third phase at 5 p.m. on September 4. Under that phase, movie theaters and live entertainment venues can operate at up to 50% capacity or 100 people at indoor and 250 people at outdoor venues. Retail stores, churches and houses of worship moved to 75% capacity.

The governor also said he is disappointed that a number of counties have not allocated funding from the state to help Marylanders and small businesses. Hogan said only 35% of the CARES Act funding the state allocated for 19 smaller counties in the state has been spent.

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Comments (5)
  1. chrissfarmer says:

    It makes no sense on same day as stories that it is surging, schools that opened closing again due to the virus and “Hospitalizations went down by one case, with 463 Marylanders hospitalized. There are 332 people in acute care and 131 in ICUs, up from 123 Tuesday.
    ICU beds had not reached triple-digit numbers since September 8. But in the last week, they jumped back up into triple digits and have remained there since.” -(WJZ)

    As much as we all want to go back to life as normal we can’t right now as COVID makes the decisions. There is no vaccine or cure and we are not “rounding the corner”. It will again surge as we head into winter & holidays where people spend more time indoors & w/ other people.

    Hopefully Biden will win and get a handle on it as he listens to the medical experts where Trump just makes fun of them.

  2. Henry says:

    Just read yesterday was the 3rd worst day in # of new cases nationally since it started. Now is NOT the time to open up- there is no vaccine and the experts say there will not be anytime soon- the FDA has not approved any vaccine & that has to happen first. The one that looks the most promising is the kind that has to be stored at minus 70-80 degrees. It is not like most doctors, pharmacies & hospitals have the capability to do that as it take specialized equipment not ordinary freezers that don’t get that cold.

    Hogan, reopening is a mistake!

  3. Janae W says:

    It was the 4th worst day, but same thing- not under control- too early to open things up-will just cause spikes and we are already in one.

  4. Ronald Sahonick says:

    Voting you out next cycle….You have been inconsistent in keeping Marylanders safe. We are getting worse here, not better, and heading rapidly towards a third and more fierce wave. You are in a state where citizens by and large follow the science. Follow it or face losing your seat next go around.

  5. Jack says:

    I doesn’t appear the Governor has a pulse on the current local and national situation. One moves through progressive phases of activity when there is improvement in the current phase to hit the target metric. That is not the case in the counties and Baltimore City, where things are starting to swing in the other direction. I applaud the local governments keeping their eye on the ball for the health of their constituents.

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