BALTIMORE — On Wednesday, Governor Larry Hogan said Maryland is ready to enter into phase one of its reopening plan, which will lift the state's stay-at-home order effective Friday at 5 pm.
Under phase one, retail stores can reopen with up to 50 percent capacity, manufacturing can resume, and barber shops and hair salons will be allowed to reopen at 50 percent capacity by appointment only.
Churches and houses of worship can begin holding religious services indoors at 50 percent capacity with proper safety protocols in place. The state is still encouraging services to be held outside rather than inside.
The Governor did acknowledge that not all counties are in the same situation, and can use their discretion on when deciding to reopen.
Here is what other counties are planning to do.
Anne Arundel County:
- Retail businesses will be allowed to reopen for curbside pickup only. Customers are not permitted inside the establishment and employees must follow physical distancing guidelines.
- Only automatic car washes are allowed to open at this time.
- Beginning May 16, Anne Arundel County's animal shelter will be open from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. by appointment only
- Pet groomers are allowed to open for pet drop-off or pick-up only.
- Beauty salons and barber shops as described in section III d) of the state executive order are allowed to open by appointment only with a maximum of one customer in the premises at one time, but customers are no longer required to be “essential” personnel.
- Manufacturing businesses and facilities within the county are allowed to open.
- Religious Facilities are not allowed to open. Gatherings of more than 10 people are not permitted.
- Face coverings are still required for customers and employees in any retail businesses (including those already permitted to be open prior to 5/15) and residents are encouraged to wear them whenever interaction with others is possible.
BANS OF 10 OR MORE PEOPLE EXTENDED: County Executive Olszewski’s executive action to prohibiting gatherings or events to 10 or more people at all locations and venues will remain in place.
RETAIL STORES: Beginning May 22 at 9 a.m., retail businesses may reopen with no more than 10 people including staff inside the store at one time.
REMAINING MANUFACTURING TO REOPEN: may resume operations in a safe manner which protects the health of employees, with guidelines encouraging multiple shifts and other safety precautions.
IN-PERSON RELIGIOUS SERVICES: Indoor and outdoor services are limited to 10 people, unless worshipers remain in their vehicles at which time that number can be exceeded.
PERSONAL SERVICES: Hair salons and barbershops can reopen beginning May 22 at 9 a.m., by appointment only with only 10 people inside at a time including staff. Tattoo, nail, and tanning salons must remain closed.
On Thursday Baltimore Mayor Jack Young said the city's stay at home order would remain in place.
- Going to the grocery store
- Going to the pharmacy
- Travel for health treatment for yourself, a family member, or a pet
- Traveling to work (essential personnel)
- Travel to work (non-essential personnel) – individuals may travel to their non-essential business to maintain property and conduct minimal operations
- Travel for certain preventive and screening health-related services for yourself, a family member or a pet. Residents are encouraged to use their best judgment in scheduling preventive health care appointments
- Outdoor exercise – individual outdoor exercise while practicing social distancing is permitted, however group fitness classes are unallowable
- In-person religious services – in-person religious services may only be offered in parking areas with attendees remaining inside their appropriately spaced vehicles
- Restaurants and bars – carry out and delivery service is allowed. In-facility service is not allowed
- Gatherings larger than 10 persons
- Programming at Senior Centers
- Fitness Centers
- Enclosed Malls
- Recreational Establishments
The County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on Thursday to follow Governor Larry Hogan’s Stage One of Maryland's reopening, to allow the gradual re-opening of retail, manufacturing, houses of worship, and some personal services.
County Executive Alan J. McCarthy said he would follow Governor Larry Hogan’s Stage One of Maryland's reopening.
“After consulting with our health officer yesterday, I am very happy to report that I have absolutely no plans for Cecil County to be more restrictive in our plans for re-opening,” County Executive McCarthy stated at his Friday press conference. “While this is a time to celebrate, I remind you that it is but the first phase of a gradual reopening of all businesses in Cecil County. I must share my concern and caution to all of our citizens,” McCarthy continued. “We have managed to reach this point by collectively battling COVID-19. We must continue to comply with state and local health protocols to be able to move to the next phase, thereby opening our local economy even more.”
County Executive Barry Glassman welcomed the news and said the county would be ready to open when Hogan lifts the order on Friday.
“I am pleased to announce that in consultation with our health officer, Harford County will reopen on Friday at 5 p.m. as outlined in Gov. Hogan’s Safer at Home advisory. At the same time, all citizens should continue to follow required social distancing and safety precautions to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community. We have sacrificed to get to this point and we must keep working together to maintain our progress. Be smart, stay safe and God bless.“
Stay-At-Home Order Howard County did not implement a county-wide Stay-At-Home order and one will not be implemented at this time. Residents are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible and abide by the Governor’s “Safer-At-Home” public health advisory.
Religious Services Howard County in-person religious gatherings may resume with 10 people or less and are strongly encouraged to take place in outdoor settings.
The following is a non-exhaustive list of Howard County retail businesses that may open but are restricted to curbside pick-up or delivery only: Art galleries Bookstores Clothing and shoe stores Florists Furniture stores Jewelers Lawn and garden stores Pawn shops Sporting goods stores Tobacco and vape shops The following retail establishments may operate at 50% capacity: Pet Groomers Animal Adoption Car Washes
Manufacturing Howard County manufacturing businesses may open following the guidelines issued by the State of Maryland.
Barber Shops/Beauty Salons Howard County barber shops and hair salons may open by appointment only with only one customer allowed in a location at a time. Businesses should follow guidelines issued by the State of Maryland. The Governor’s Phase One reopening does NOT include nail salons, esthetician services, or massage parlors.
Archery/Shooting Ranges Howard County outdoor archery and shooting ranges may open with appropriate physical distancing and mask requirements.
Campgrounds Howard County campgrounds will remain closed.
Marinas/Watercraft Rental Howard County Recreation & Parks boat rentals will remain closed. Columbia Association’s boat rentals will remain closed.
Horse Boarding/Riding Facilities Howard County horse boarding and riding facilities may open with appropriate physical distancing and mask requirements.
Mall in Columbia Mall in Columbia stores with exterior access may open for curbside pick-up or delivery only.
- Curbside pickup at all retail establishments of any size.
- Reopening of small retail businesses (less than 10,000 square feet of space). Under State orders, these stores may only open up to 50% of their capacity, and must follow other guidelines provided by the State and County.
- Reopening of animal adoption facilities, car washes, and pet grooming facilities.
- Hair Salons and barber shops to remain closed for at least two more weeks
- Worship services can begin at 50 percent capacity with a 250 person cap
Mayor Rick Meehan said he would lift hotel reservation restrictions Thursday at 5 p.m. Last weekend he re-opened the boardwalk and beach but not stores. It's unclear if they will now reopen at a lesser capacity under Hogan's new order.
Montgomery and Prince George's County (will begin phase one by June 1) have kept their stay at home orders in place.
Queen Anne’s County:
- Retail stores may open at 50% capacity
- Churches may open at 50% capacity and outdoor service is encouraged
- Hair salons and barbers may open for hair services only and allow 50% occupancy in their establishment.
- Manufacturing may resume operations in a safe manor
- Face coverings are still recommended in public and required in retail stores and public transportation
We will continue to update the status on each county as more announcements are made.