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Restaurants among many in limbo as city continues shutdowns and awaits more vaccines

Scott keeps Baltimore dining bans, other COVID-19 restrictions in place
Posted at 4:13 PM, Jan 15, 2021

BALTIMORE — Well, indoor and outdoor dining is still banned in Baltimore City.

The positivity rate is nowhere near 5 percent, which is where the Health Commissioner would like them to be.

In the meantime, the Mayor is asking the state for help in rolling out more vaccinations.

"As of this morning every appointment slot for our vaccination pod site through the end of January has been taken on the states prep mod scheduling system," said City Health Commissioner, Dr. Letitia Dzirasa.

She says there's been large numbers of city residents seeking out the vaccine.

Despite 500 being administered per day, Dzirasa says there's a need for more.

The city says it's averaging 234 new COVID-19 cases per day.

With that Mayor Brandon Scott chose to keep dining bans and other COVID-19 restrictions in place for at least another week.

As for increasing the number of available vaccines, Scott says he's been in talks with Governor Larry Hogan.

"It’s going to be a partnership, state, local private. I know that both both reached out thinking about stadiums and things like that."

Restaurants affected by the shutdowns say it's a week more of the same in the city.

"It just seems like it just goes on and on where we have no answers we’re just sitting here in limbo," said Kelly Rathers, owner of Mother's Grill.

Scott said he will have an update next week about the indoor and outdoor dining bans.