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Baltimore County joins Gov. Hogan in entering stage 3 of recovery

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Posted at 3:57 PM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 16:08:58-04

TOWSON, Md. — Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski on Wednesday said he would follow Governor Larry Hogan's order from a day earlier, which moves the state into stage three of recovery.

Beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 4 theaters and event venues can reopen at 50 percent capacity.

Numbers however are still capped if facilities haven't yet met half capacity.

Outdoor venues can allow up to 250 people while 100 can be indoors.

Under stage three, retailers and religious institutions are able to expand their capacity to 75 percent.

Inside dining at restaurants will remain at 50 percent capacity for now.

In Baltimore County, anyone ages 5 and up has to wear a mask in public spaces, including outdoors when social distancing isn't possible.

"I’ve consistently said that a patchwork approach to reopening only confuses residents, puts businesses who are just miles apart on unequal playing fields, and limits the public health impact of any individual jurisdiction’s decisions," said Olszewski. "By continuing to align with the state, Baltimore County is providing clarity for our residents—though these steps do not mean we can let our guard down."

Baltimore County’s positivity rate has remained below 5 percent since July 7 and currently stands at 4.4 percent.

Per every 100,000 county residents, there are 1,800 case which is 22 percent lower than Baltimore City

The county says its issued several violation notices to restaurants and bars and will continue to strictly enforce safety guidelines.