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Anne Arundel County officials agree to extend closing times starting Monday

Anne Arundel County
Posted at 4:52 PM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 17:15:08-05

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Similar to Baltimore City, Anne Arundel County is also relaxing some of its COVID-19 safety measures and, as a result, more businesses are opening.

Bernie O'Brien is the General Manager of the Acme Bar and Grill in Annapolis, but it's been a year of COVID-19 and he is looking for some relief from the pandemic and it is getting closer.

Stating encouraging COVID numbers, County Executive Steuart Pittman, will go along with Governor Larry Hogan in allowing bars to go to 50% capacity and starting Monday, bars and restaurants may stay open passed 10 p.m.

Even though bars and restaurants can stay open after 10 p.m., the Acme Bar and Grill plans on proceeding with caution.

"Looking at something like going Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday till midnight, not pushing it too much and then on the weekends Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sunday, we would try to push it to 1:59, but I would also understand that if a very limited people at the bar around 1 o'clock, that maybe we would just call it," said O'Brien.

Bars, retail stores, fitness centers, social clubs, casinos and bowling alleys may also open to 50% capacity, but live Bingo halls, outdoor performance centers and movie theaters may only open to 25%.