Baltimore City Tightens Restrictions as COVID-19 Cases Continue to Surge

As COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to spike across the state, Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott today issued an Executive Order to tighten restrictions on public and private gatherings and temporarily suspend indoor and outdoor dining at foodservice establishments to protect the health and safety of City residents.

“When it comes to the wellbeing of our residents, I am not afraid to do the right thing over the popular one. This is about saving lives. Nothing more, nothing less.” said Mayor Scott. “I am committing to you, the people of Baltimore, that I will be here every week to bring you the necessary information as we continue to battle this pandemic with the hope that you will make informed decisions for you and your family.”

According to the order, between October 12 and November 29, the seven-day average for new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 increased by 337% among Baltimore City residents. Positivity rates among City residents increased by 294%.

Since October, Baltimore City hospitals have seen a 363% increase in acute care COVID-19 patients and a 520% increase in COVID-19 patients requiring admittance to the ICU. The seven-day average of COVID-19 admissions to Baltimore City hospitals has increased by 314%.

The following restrictions go into effect on Friday, December 11, 2020, at 5:00 pm:

  • Restaurants and other foodservice establishments will be closed to indoor and outdoor dining. Carry out, delivery, and drive-thru service may continue.
  • Indoor gatherings at public and private facilities —  including private homes and public spaces — will be limited to ten people or fewer.
  • Outdoor gatherings at public and private facilities will be limited to no more than 25 people.
  • Outdoor recreation establishments will be capped at 25% of their maximum capacity.
  • Sports gatherings and facilities managed by Baltimore City Parks and Recreation will be prohibited.
  • Religious facilities will be limited to 25% of the maximum capacity.
  • Capacity at retail stores and malls will be capped at 25% of the maximum capacity.
  • Personal service establishments will be capped at 25% of the maximum capacity.
  • Fitness centers will be capped at 25% of their maximum capacity.
  • The casino will be capped at 25% of the maximum capacity with no food or drink.
  • Capacity at museums, the zoo, and the aquarium will be capped at 25% of the maximum capacity.
  • Theaters and outdoor entertainment venues will be closed to the public.

Stay tuned to Conduit Street for more information.

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