Hogan Lifts Capacity Restrictions on Restaurants, Businesses

As a result of the state’s rapid pace of COVID-19 vaccinations and substantial declines in key health metrics, Governor Hogan today announced the lifting of all capacity restrictions on outdoor entertainment, art, sports venues, indoor entertainment venues, conventions, and all remaining restrictions on indoor and outdoor dining effective Saturday, May 15.

“Here in Maryland, our plan is to get everything back to normal by Memorial Day,” said Governor Hogan. “We are making amazing progress toward that goal. But once again, the fastest way to get rid of our damn masks and to put this pandemic behind us once and for all is for every single eligible Marylander to get vaccinated as quickly as possible.”

The governor also announced that the state’s indoor mask mandate will be lifted as soon as 70 percent of adults receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. President Biden set a national goal of vaccinating 70 percent of adults by Independence Day.

Also today, the governor issued an order extending the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

EFFECTIVE SATURDAY, MAY 15:

  • INDOOR AND OUTDOOR VENUES

    • Indoor and outdoor venues may resume normal operations, all remaining capacity restrictions will be lifted on all indoor entertainment venues and conventions, and all outdoor entertainment, art, and sports venues, including all ticketed events.

  • INDOOR AND OUTDOOR DINING

    • Restaurants may resume normal operations, as all remaining capacity and distancing restrictions and all other limits will be lifted on indoor and outdoor dining.

  • CRUISE TERMINAL

    • The cruise terminal in Baltimore City will be reopening. The CDC is working directly with cruise ports and industry representatives to prepare for a safe return to business.

  • INDOOR MASK MANDATE TO EXPIRE AFTER THE STATE ACHIEVES 70% OF MARYLAND ADULTS VACCINATED
    • The governor announced that the state’s indoor mask mandate will be lifted as soon as 70% of Maryland adults receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Yesterday, the state officially surpassed the milestone of vaccinating more than 65% of adults.
  • WORK SEARCH REQUIREMENTS
    • To further accelerate the state’s economic recovery and with every business in Maryland fully reopened, Governor Hogan has directed the Maryland Department of Labor to work in collaboration with the federal administration to begin the process of reinstating work search requirements to connect more job seekers with good opportunities
  • VACCINATIONS FOR ADOLESCENTS
    • With approval from the FDA and CDC, COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for Marylanders age 12 to 15 will open tomorrow. Eleven of the state’s mass vaccination sites and hundreds of pharmacy locations will be ready to administer the Pfizer vaccine to adolescents right away.

Read the updated executive order.

Read the updated Maryland Department of Health guidance for food establishments.

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