Today, Governor Larry Hogan held a press conference to announce the near completion of Stage One of the “Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery.”
“After another 14 days of continued encouraging trends, Maryland is ready to take the additional steps to complete Stage One of our gradual, safe, and effective recovery plan.” said Hogan. He announced that as Maryland has reached the goal of conducting 10,000 test per day and Maryland’s contact tracing operation is now fully operations with the ability to track up to 1,000 cases per day. “If these encouraging trends continue into next week, we would then be in a position to begin entering Stage Two of our recovery by lifting the order and allowing other non-essential businesses to begin reopening.”
Maryland will move to open outdoor dining in restaurants and social organization (American Legion/VFW/Elks) effective May 29th at 5 p.m. Under the new advisory, patrons must be socially distanced and follow strict public health requirements. Youth sports activities may resume Friday following CDC guidelines as well as youth day camps of no more than 10 individuals. Hogan also announced outdoor pools may reopen with 25% capacity restrictions and strict protocols.
These continued reopenings will follow a community-based approach in which counties will make decisions appropriate for their individual jurisdictions.