Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced this afternoon that all Maryland businesses may open at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 4, 2020 including movie theaters and live performances with restrictions. This move marks the beginning of Stage 3 of Governor Hogan’s Re-Opening plan for Maryland.
Movie theaters and live performance venues will be limited to audiences of 50% capacity or up to 100 people for indoor venues or 250 people for outdoor venues.
Retail and houses of worship may increase their allowed capacity from 50% to 75% capacity.
Appropriate health and safety guidelines remain in place.
Governor Hogan reiterated that contact tracing reveals that most cases of COVID-19 spread at family gatherings (41% of transmissions) and house parties or outdoor events (19% of tranmissions). As Labor Day Weekend begins, Governor Hogan reminded residents of these risks.
Governor Hogan announced that Maryland will be one of the first state’s in the nation to utilize Exposure Notifications Express, an app designed to help public health officials announce possible COVID-19 exposures. This is a collaboration between Google and Apple.