Frederick County announced improvements in key metrics relating to COVID-19 and therefore most non-essential businesses may reopen today at 5pm.
Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner announced the rate of people testing positive for COVID-19 in Frederick County has dropped to 8.4%, below the 8.9% average of Maryland. Frederick County has also shown a decline in overall hospitalizations, intensive care unit beds and acute care bed counts. Gardner also reporter that six of the last seven days involve zero EMS calls for COVID-19 patients.
From the press release:
As a result of improving health metrics, Executive Gardner announced that most non-essential businesses may reopen to the general public beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 5. With the signing of Executive Order 03-2020, Frederick County will implement Stage 2 of the Governor’s Roadmap to Recovery plan. Some specific closures remain in place, as outlined in the Governor’s Executive Order. As of 5 p.m. on June 5, the following will be authorized in Frederick County, with limitations:
- Non-essential businesses –Businesses may open at 50% capacity. Face coverings must be used by anyone who interacts with others, including customers, clients, and co-workers. Physical distancing of 6 feet between people is encouraged.
- Personal services – Operations may resume at 50% capacity, by appointment only. Additional cleaning and sanitation are required. Face coverings are required for anyone over the age of 2.