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Business owners calling for reopening

Posted at 5:47 PM, Jun 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-08 17:47:33-04

KENT ISLAND, Md. — Stage 2 is now in effect for Maryland. Outdoor seating at restaurants, barber shops and now spas can open.

Many feel in less populated areas of our state, more business can open with fewer restrictions.

WMAR-2 News' Don Harrison was on the shore today with business owners from the Chesapeake Bay to the Atlantic Ocean. Antoinette Bruno is the President of Trimper's Rides in Ocean City.

She is a part of a Eastern Shore delegation made up of business owners from Kent Island to Ocean City.

Nick Wake owns Tenchi, a Spanish American restaurant in Caroline County.

As a state, we are in stage two of our safety protocol. That allows for outdoor seating, but indoor dining of any kind is not allowed.

This is making people do things like buy $80 worth of cookies online. Many here believe less densely populated areas with less cases of COVID should be able to open with less restrictions than say a area like Prince George's County that has more than 16,500 cases and 575 deaths.

"You can't treat the entire state of Maryland as one canvas and paint with one brush. We have different regions, different population densities , that's what we're saying."