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Maryland lifts stay at home order after months of fighting coronavirus pandemic

Stay at home order that has been in effect for months ends Friday

During a press conference Maryland Governor Larry Hogan detailed plans for a stage one re-opening of the state after a slight two week decline in coronavirus hospitalizations.

Certain retail stores in Maryland may reopen with up to 50% capacity with masks and social distancing. Manufacturing may resume, in a safe manner that protects the health of employees and limits proximity of employees and includes safety precautions.

Barber shops, hair salons, may re-open by appointment only with 50% capacity. Pet groomers, art galleries, car washes, may begin reopening. Churches and houses of worship may begin to hold services, preferably outside.

If these measures are taken, the state will be in position to move to Stage 2 of the re-opening plan. The governor said if everyone “goes crazy” and doesn’t obey guidelines, the state could move to put the stay at home order and closures back into effect to curtail a bounceback of coronavirus hospitalizations.

Restrictions on gatherings of more than 10 people and closure of nonessential businesses remain in place. To date, nearly 35,000 Marylanders have been infected with the virus and nearly 1,700 have died.

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