ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Gov. Larry Hogan held a press conference to provide an update on the reopening of the economy and Stage Two of the Roadmap to Recovery.
Effective Friday at 5:00 p.m. indoor dining can resume at 50% capacity with distancing, and following strict public health requirements.
Hogan encourages local schools, where possible, to plan and hold safe outdoor graduation ceremonies with appropriate capacity and distancing measures in place.
Also effective Friday, at 5pm, outdoor amusements and rides, miniature golf, and go-kart tracks tracks may resume operations with appropriate health and safety protocols.
Effective next Friday, June 19 at 5pm, indoor gyms and other indoor studio fitness activities such as dance studios and martial arts, may begin to safely reopen at 50% capacity with strict health, distancing, and sanitization measures.
Casinos, arcades, and malls will also be able to begin resuming operations, beginning June 19 at 5pm, with strict safety protocols.
Gov. Hogan also discussed the concerns of public health officials as a result of thousands of people gathering in close proximity.
He strongly encourages all attendees to immediately get tested for COVID-19 and avoid contact with vulnerable populations such as elderly people.
The Maryland Department of Health and National Guard will be opening multiple high-volume testing sites across Baltimore City, including at the Baltimore Convention Center, to give protesters more opportunities to be tested.
Toward the end of his press conference, Gov. Hogan also criticized Baltimore City Mayor Jack Young on his decision to slow down Baltimore's reopening pace.
He said that it's "absolutely absurd" that small retail shops haven't been allowed to resume in-store operations.