BALTIMORE (WJZ) — This time last year, Maryland, along with the rest of the country, shut down to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
For the first time since then, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday the removal of the state’s capacity restrictions at places like restaurants and retail shops.READ MORE: Unity Playground To Be Dedicated In Honor Of Fallen Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio
It’s a hopeful sign toward recovery for businesses across the state.
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“It’s really exciting because that means everyone is doing what they’re supposed to be doing,” Shannon Maddox, Manager at Mt. Washington Tavern, said. “We’re moving forward.”
Bars and restaurants will still be limited to distanced and seated service only.READ MORE: Man In Stable Condition After He Was Shot In Face While Driving Early Saturday
The final decision will be left to local jurisdictions.
“Certainly we’re thrilled that things feel like they’re getting back to normal,” Angela Tandy, Owner of Sassanova, said.
Gov. Hogan said the mask mandate is still in effect.
Bar and restaurant staff said with St. Patrick’s Day weekend around the corner and the weather warming up, they’re looking forward to more diners to help make up for the loss of sales.MORE NEWS: Maryland State Police Investigating Fatal Multiple Vehicle Crash In Baltimore County