Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced additional lifting of restrictions for retail, barbers and hair salons, as well as religious institutions.
Effective Friday, May 29th at 7:00 a.m. retail, barber and hair salons will be able to operate at 50% maximum capacity with additional specific guidance for each industry. Religious institutions and gathers will be permitted to hold outdoor services up to 250 people. Retailers will be able to open at 50% of maximum occupancy, but are still encouraged to use curbside pick-up when possible.
From the press release:
“Over 80% of our businesses have fewer than 20 employees so this pandemic has affected a majority of our business community,” said Larry Twele, Howard County Economic Development Authority CEO. “This next phase allows most of our small business owners to re-open their doors, bring back their employees and begin to serve their customers. We are encouraged that we continue to make progress as a community and are able to take this next step towards economic recovery.”