ANNAPOLIS — More Maryland businesses will be able to reopen beginning Friday at 5 pm as the state moves into Stage Three.
Based on improving health metrics, Maryland is taking its initial steps into Stage Three of COVID-19 recovery.
Beginning Friday at 5pm, indoor theaters where live performances occur or motion pictures are shown may open to the general public at 50% capacity, or 100 people per auditorium, whichever is less.
Outdoor venues where live performances occur or motion pictures are shown outdoors may open to the general public at 50% capacity, or 250 people.
Capacity for retail establishments and religious facilities may increase from 50 to 75 percent.
As Labor Day weekend nears, Gov. Hogan reminded Marylanders that based on contact tracing data, family gatherings are the most common thread among recent positive COVID-19 cases.
Gov. Hogan also announced that, in collaboration with Apple and Google, Maryland will be one of the first states to deploy a new exposure notification tool to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Exposure Notifications Express is designed to help public health officials more quickly and easily provide notifications for their residents about potential COVID-19 exposure and guide them on recommended actions.