As many areas across the nation see an uptick in COVID-19 cases, several counties in Maryland have announced additional restrictions beyond those set by the State. On Tuesday, July 21, Health Officers for six jurisdictions wrote to the Maryland Department of Health asking that the administration rollback reopening and resume some COVID-19 related restrictions.
Anne Arundel County Steuart Pittman announced on Thursday, July 23, that the County would limit late evening indoor hours at bars and restaurants, re-establish gathering limits for indoor and outdoor social events, close seating areas in mall food courts, and establish new, stricter penalties for violations.
Baltimore City Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young signed an Executive Order on Wednesday, July 22, suspending indoor dining at bars and restaurants in Baltimore City.
Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced Tuesday, July 21, that Health Officer Gregory Branch has issued a new public health order requiring the use of masks for everyone over the age of two in all indoor public spaces.
Talbot County has seen a rise in cases of the coronavirus in recent weeks. As a result, the County Council plans to draft an executive order mandating face coverings and adherence to social distancing guidelines in public. Violators could face fines for noncompliance. The executive order is still in draft and expected to be released at their upcoming council meeting on Tuesday, July 28. Specific details on gathering size, where masks will be mandated, and enforcement of the guidelines have yet to be determined.
It should be noted that the statewide face mask mandate issued by Governor Hogan is still in effect, but local jurisdictions are responsible for setting their own guidance. Some counties have recently issued their own mandates to reinforce the requirement as their case numbers have increased.