Anne Arundel Announces Modified Phase One Reopening Plan

Anne Arundel to move forward with a modified Stage One reopening plan.

Anne-Arundel-County-SealAnne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman today announced steps the County will take to move towards “Stage One” of the State’s Roadmap to Recovery. The decision follows Governor Larry Hogan’s announcement that some parts of the state could move into the first stage of recovery.

The County will allow manufacturing businesses to reopen, retail businesses to reopen – but for curbside pickup only, and personal services to reopen by appointment only. Religious facilities are not permitted to reopen, and gatherings of more than ten people are prohibited.

As previously reported on Conduit Street, Governor Hogan yesterday announced that effective Friday, May 15 at 5:00 PM, the stay-at-home order will be lifted and manufacturing, retail, worship services, and some personal services will be allowed to resume with limitations. Governor Hogan emphasized the importance of local control and decision making in moving forward with the first stage of Maryland’s coronavirus recovery plan.

“We have likely saved thousands of lives through the sacrifices we have made in recent weeks,” said County Executive Steuart Pittman. “I am loosening only the restrictions that should have no significant impact on the spread of this virus. We cannot afford a second spike in new cases.”

According to a press release:

The county’s actions will be guided by a series of 12 public health metrics established by Anne Arundel Health Officer Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman to safeguard residents’ health during the COVID-19 crisis. The county executive and health officer will monitor and evaluate these metrics and take additional actions when the data suggests it is safe to do so.

The following actions will go into effect at 5:00 p.m.on Friday, May 15, in accordance with Governor Hogan’s executive order:

  • Retail businesses as defined in section III b) of the state executive order will be allowed to reopen – but for curbside pickup only. Customers are not permitted inside the establishment and employees must follow physical distancing guidelines.

    • Only automatic carwashes are allowed to open at this time.

    • Animal shelters are allowed to open in accordance with the state executive order.

    • Pet groomers are allowed to open for pet drop-off or pick-up only.

  • Beauty salons and barber shops as described in section III d) of the state executive order are allowed to open under the April 20 interpretive guidance (by appointment only with a maximum of one customer in the premises at one time) but customers are no longer required to be “essential” personnel.

  • Manufacturing businesses and facilities within the county are allowed to open.

  • Religious Facilities are not allowed to open. Gatherings of more than 10 people are not permitted.

  • Face coverings are still required for customers and employees in any retail businesses (including those already permitted to be open prior to 5/15) and residents are encouraged to wear them whenever interaction with others is possible.

Stay tuned to Conduit Street for more information.

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