Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced Thursday that he signed an executive order to lift some of the county’s pandemic restrictions beginning on Friday at 9 a.m. This would allow for retail stores and barbershops to open at a limited capacity with certain restraints.
“With significant progress in expanding testing and PPE, I’m confident that Baltimore County is ready to take these next steps, and do so in a safe manner that protects the health of our residents,” Olszewski said. “While these steps are important, we’re not out of the woods yet, and I urge all residents to continue practicing social distancing to limit the spread of this virus.”
New Actions Effective Friday, May 22
Retail stores may reopen for in-store retail with a maximum capacity of 10, including staff. This applies to all retail establishments outside of those considered essential under the state’s previous orders. Curbside pickup and delivery is strongly encouraged, and all public health precautions should remain in place. Shopping malls must continue to stay closed except for retail establishments that can be accessed from the outside.
Barber shops and hair salons may reopen with a maximum capacity of 10, including staff. They may operate by appointment only and with appropriate health and safety guidelines. Other personal services establishments must remain closed until further notice.
Olszewski also stated that previous restrictions on religious organizations should remain in place, meaning that gatherings should be limited to 10 people or less, indoors or outdoors. Drive-in or drive-thru services are permitted.
Despite the eased restrictions, residents are still encouraged to practice safer-at-home measures. Indoor and outdoor gatherings of 10 or more are still prohibited, and residents should continue to practice social distancing measures when out in public. Older and vulnerable populations are advised to stay at home as much as possible.
For more information, visit Baltimore County’s website.