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Frederick County pauses expanded openings after cases rise over weekend

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Posted at 2:40 PM, Sep 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-21 14:40:57-04

FREDERICK COUNTY — Due to the number of new cases of COVID-19 in Frederick County rising substantially over the weekend, the county will take a pause from new expanded openings.

The county will not increase capacity for indoor dining, as many Maryland restaurants prepare to move from 50 percent to 75 percent capacity Monday at 5 p.m.

“Given how our health metrics have suddenly changed, taking a pause is the right approach,” Executive Jan Gardner said. “We want our economy to reopen fully, and that requires everyone doing their part by wearing face coverings and staying physically distant.”

The county confirmed 3,935 cases of COVID-19, with 45 cases confirmed on Saturday- the largest single-day increase in a month, according to state numbers.