Stay Safe: Understanding Gov. Hogan’s New COVID-19 Guidelines
Keep in mind that some counties and Baltimore city have stricter mandates and advisories and it is important to check your local health department’s website. For example, Baltimore County is limiting indoor gatherings to 10 people.
- Masks MUST be worn in ALL public areas, indoors and outdoors
- All restaurants and bars must close for dine-in and outdoor dining by 10:00 PM and cannot open until 6:00 AM, except for carryout and delivery orders. Restaurants can only operate at 50% capacity indoors.
- Retail establishments and religious facilities are limited to 50% capacity.
- Fans are not allowed at any sporting event.
- Nursing home visits are suspended except compassionate care visits. If this is the case the visitor must show a negative COVID-19 test. Residents must be tested weekly and employees twice weekly.
- Hospital visits are also suspended except patients who are dying, giving birth, have disabilities, or are minors. Elective procedures are encouraged to be postponed, though not mandated.
- A travel advisory has been put in place encouraging Marylanders to remain in state and to especially avoid states with particularly high rates. If travel is necessary, you are encouraged to receive a COVID-19 test and to self-quarantine upon return.
- It is encouraged to download a contact tracing app on your smartphone that can potentially alert you if you have come in contact with someone who may have tested positive for COVID-19. For instructions for your device, visit covidLINK.Maryland.gov. This website can also help you find out where and how to get tested, what to do if you have tested positive, ways to help stop the spread of the virus, and other useful COVID-19 related information.