Even though the number or coronavirus cases and deaths continue to grow in Maryland, hospitalizations are declining.
The state entered Phase Two of the Maryland Roadmap to Recovery Plan at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 5. Baltimore, meanwhile, moved to Phase One on June 8. On June 19, it moved to Phase Two.
On Wednesday, June 10, Gov. Hogan announced that indoor dining could resume at 50 percent capacity starting Friday, June 12, at 5 p.m. Gov. Hogan also said casinos, gyms and shopping malls could reopen with limited capacity starting Friday, June 19.
Previously, before Phase Two, Hogan lifted the stay at home order at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 15, transitioning to a “safer-at-home” public health advisory.
Although the stay at home order is lifted and the state has entered Phase Two of its recovery process, each jurisdiction can decide how they would like to proceed with the reopening.
Read how each county is handling the reopening here.
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Gov. Hogan has released guidance for businesses to follow amid the reopening process, including asking customers and staff to wear face masks and to practice social distancing. Businesses can also only have a maximum of 50 percent capacity inside their stores.
Restaurants are open for indoor dining at 50 percent capacity. Gyms, though, remain closed for now, as well as indoor malls and entertainment venues.
Nail salons, tanning salons and massage parlors in Maryland are open at 50 percent capacity.
Retailers, offices, financial institutions, car dealerships and insurance agencies also reopened with public health guidelines in place. Manufacturing facilities, construction, specialty vendors, warehouses and technology firms are also included.
Places of worship may also continue to safely hold religious services.
Hogan said state the Department of Education will continue with its plan to reopen child care centers as more people head back to work.
Government agencies such as the MVA will move toward a “phased reopening” offering services by appointment only.
WHAT’S ALLOWED TO REOPEN (Based On County)
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
Art galleries will be able to reopen in parts of the state.
If you had not done an elective procedure due to the coronavirus, you can get it done now as long as the facility where the procedure will take place is OK with it.
All manufacturing operations can resume with safety precautions in place in parts of the state.
The state also reopened Department of Natural Resources parks and beaches. State-owned playgrounds will also reopen. Local governments can have the flexibility to take similar actions at their discretion.
Golfing, fishing, boating, hiking, horseback riding, hunting and trapping are all allowed.
PERSONAL OR PET SERVICES:
Some personal services including salons and barbershops can reopen at 50 percent capacity with safety guidelines in place. Appointments will be required.
Pet groomers, animal adoption shelters and car washes can also reopen.
These personal and pet services will remain closed in Baltimore city, Prince George’s and Montgomery counties.
Churches and other religious facilities are allowed to hold worship services in parts of the state. While outdoor services are recommended, indoor services are allowed at up to 50 percent capacity and with appropriate physical distancing and mask requirements.
Churches will remain closed in Baltimore city as well as Prince George’s and Montgomery counties.
Retail stores are reopened in some parts of the state with proper safety precautions, including physical distancing and mask requirements. Curbside delivery and pickup retail are available in other parts of the state.
The Latest On Closures & Reopenings
Note: this list will be updated as places reopen
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
9:30 Club & The Anthem: I.M.P., the group that owns the Merriweather Post Pavilion, is postponing all shows at 9:30 Club, Lincoln Theatre, the Anthem and U Street Music Hall and indefinitely postponed.
Patrons who bought tickets should contact I.M.P for a refund. Click here for more details.
American Visionary Art Museum: AVAM remains closed to the public until further notice even though Baltimore is in Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan.
Annapolis Opera: All April and May performances were canceled, including the Vocal Competition and the Grand Finale Concert. Click here for more details.
Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar: The farmers market reopened on June 14. Here’s what you can expect when you go.
Baltimore Museum of Art: The Baltimore Museum of Art is currently still closed.
Baltimore Museum of Industry: The museum is still temporarily closed. In the meantime, its parking lot will be used as a COVID-19 testing center.
They are also offering free activities for online visitors.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: The orchestra is canceling all concerts and public events through June 14 at both the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and the Music Center at Strathmore. Many events have been rescheduled. Visit the BSO’s website for more information.
Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower: The Baltimore Office of Promotion & Arts announced the closure of all attractions and galleries starting March 14.
B&O Railroad Museum: The B&O Railroad Museum is closed until non-essential businesses can reopen.
Casinos: Some Maryland casinos have reopened following the governor lifting restrictions on them on June 19.
HACK Baltimore: All events are canceled. Check their website or social media for updates.
Hippodrome Theatre: Several shows and musicals have been postponed.
- Performances of “Celtic Woman Celebration – The 15th Anniversary Tour” and “The Band’s Visit” will be postponed.
- Performances of “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” scheduled for April 14-19 have been postponed to August 18-23.
- ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ shows that were scheduled from May 5-17 have been canceled.
Irvine Nature Center: The center remains closed. Trails and grounds will remain open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Maryland Science Center: The Maryland Science Center reopened on July 2, but the IMAX theater will remain closed.
Maryland Zoo: The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore reopened June 24 to members and reopened to the general public on June 27. Tickets must be purchased online in advance to limit the number of guests during the day.
Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric: The Lyric remains closed. Numerous events have been postponed. Some have been rescheduled; visit their website for the latest information.
Exhibits will be live-streamed and educational materials are available on their website.
National Aquarium: The National Aquarium reopened on July 1. Attendance is limited to 25 percent capacity and all guests and staff over the age of two will be required to wear a face mask.
Racetracks: All Maryland racetracks were closed per order of Gov. Larry Hogan on March 16. Pimlico Race Course will reopen Thursday, June 25 for simulcast racing only.
School 33 Art Center: The Baltimore Office of Promotion & Arts announced the closure of all attractions and galleries starting March 14. Although some of the BOPA attractions have planned reopenings, there is no information yet on the art center.
Six Flags America: Six Flags America and its waterpark Hurricane Harbor on Friday, July 3.
Smithsonian: The Smithsonian has canceled all public events, programming and gatherings. All museums remain closed. Here’s how you can still enjoy the Smithsonian online.
The Cloisters: The Baltimore Office of Promotion & Arts announced the closure of all attractions and galleries starting March 14. It will open by appointment only on July 1.
Top Of The World: The Top of the World’s Observation Deck will reopen on July 16 after it was closed on March 14.
Walters Art Museum: The Walters Art Museum remains closed to the public. For the latest, click here.
Gov. Larry Hogan ordered the closure of all enclosed shopping malls and entertainment venues across the state effective at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 19, to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
AMC Theaters: AMC Theaters remain closed in Maryland.
Baltimore Public Markets: The markets were closed on March 19. Curbside pickup is available.
Flying Dog Brewery: Flying Dog has closed their tasting room and canceled all events at the brewery.
Guinness Brewery: The Guinness Brewery reopened on June 18.
Lexington Market: Lexington Market will close at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 19, until further notice. Curbside pickup is available.
Regal Cinemas: Regal Cinemas have been closed since March 15 in Maryland.
Brew At The Zoo: The summer event at the Maryland Zoo has been postponed until the fall.
Sunflowers In Jarrettsville: The sunflower farm that’s a popular fall attraction won’t be open this year.
Catholic Church: Public Masses will be allowed to resume in-person group worship services for the weekend of May 30, the Archdiocese of Baltimore said on May 22, the same day President Donald Trump declared religious institutions essential services.
All churches within the Archdiocese of Baltimore had been asked to limit attendance at all Masses and events to fewer than 250 people.
Episcopal Church: The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland is canceling public worship services starting March 15 and lasting until at least May 31. A virtual worship service will be available online here. The diocese is also banning the distribution of wine for the next few months.
“Some congregations will be able to regather sooner than others. Some will not feel comfortable regathering until July or August,” the diocese said on its website as of May 23.
Colleges: All Maryland colleges and universities moved to online learning through the spring. Many commencements were also moved online. They are now preparing for the fall semester and deciding if students will come back.
FIRST Chesapeake: All district events, including robotics events at McDonough School March 14 and 15, are canceled.
Harford Community College: Campus will remain closed through May 16. Classes will be held online.
Loyola University Maryland’s “Building a Better World Through Business” event series from March 24 to 26 is canceled.
Naval Academy: Midshipmen did not return from Spring Break until the weekend of March 28. Online/remote instruction began on March 20. The campus is closed to general visitors starting March 17.
Induction ceremonies for the incoming Class of 2024 have been pushed back to the period between June 29 and July 2. Family members and friends will not be allowed to attend.
Public Schools: All public schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2020 academic year. Many school districts will be holding virtual graduation ceremonies to honor the class of 2020. Harford County Public Schools said they will hold individual in-person graduations.
Baltimore Shamrock 5K: The Baltimore Shamrock 5K has been canceled. All race registrations will be deferred to the 2021 race.
The Masters: The Masters has been moved to November due to COVID-19, CBS Sports reported.
Maryland Jockey Club: Pimlico, Laurel Park and Rosecroft Raceway have resumed live racing without spectators.
MLS: Major League Soccer canceled their season.
NBA: The NBA season has been suspended since mid-March; it could return this summer, CBS Sports reported.
NCAA: All NCAA winter and spring championships have been canceled, CBS Sports reports.
Orioles: The MLB Players Association told the league Tuesday that players will comply with commissioner Rob Manfred’s imposed outline for a 2020 season.
CBS Sports reports that players will report for another version of “spring” training on July 1, and the league’s imposed 60-game season will start either July 23 or 24. The regular season will end on September 27.