Maryland Governor Hogan confirmed lockdown restrictions will go away on Friday evening.
In an announcement today, the governor said the fight against the pandemic is not over. He added that the sacrifices made in these last few months by the people of Maryland allow the state to start walking back on the path of recovery.
Hogan also went on the explain the tenets of the recovery plan for the state. He highlighted four parts to his plan – increased testing, greater capability to handle a surge in hospitals, fast contact-tracing mechanisms, and better PPE supply.
Maryland is not the only state lifting lockdown restrictions. A majority of states in the country are reopening partially. However, there are still states like New York, Washington, California, Michigan, Illinois, and others that are restricted.
Maryland Lockdown Restrictions – The Details
The reasoning behind Hogan lifting the lockdown restrictions in Maryland come from the numbers. According to the governor, the state achieved a 14-day trend of flattening and decreasing numbers in new cases. The lifting of the lockdown restrictions, according to the governor, is the first part of the recovery plan.
Once the lockdown restrictions are gone, retail stores will be allowed to open at 50% capacity. Manufacturing operations will also open and allow workers to get back to their jobs. Other businesses like hair salons can open back up but only operate at 50% capacity.
Religious places can also reopen in Maryland as the lockdown restrictions ease.
All Counties Are Not Reopening
While Hogan is ready to ease lockdown restrictions, various counties are not ready to get back to business as usual. County executives and the mayor in Baltimore are not yet ready to reopen. Baltimore is the largest city in Maryland and has the maximum number of cases in the state.
In a call with country executives, Governor Hogan assured country executives that the state will give counties the power to reopen based on a community-approach and choose an independent reopening time.
The governor also admitted not all counties in the state were ready to reopen, namely Prince George’s and Montogomery. This is why counties will have some independence to choose when they’re ready to open back up. Maryland residents can expect lockdown restrictions to subside unevenly across the state.
The issue of reopening states is slowly taking a controversial turn. The latest story of Tesla founder Elon Musk suing Alameda country for disallowing Tesla to reopen is the latest example.
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