Dear Marylanders, The sad reality is that all across America more people are getting infected with COVID-19, more are being hospitalized, more are going into intensive care, and more people are dying. We are in a war right now, and the virus is winning. While Maryland is still much better than most of the country, we are now seeing widespread community transmission in every corner of our state. This week, I announced the following actions to prevent overburdening the state’s healthcare system and to keep more Marylanders from dying: • 10 PM closure of bars and restaurants All bars, restaurants, and venues serving food and alcohol must close between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., except for the purposes of carryout and delivery. • Limited capacity for retail establishments. All retail establishments and religious facilities must reduce operations to 50% capacity. • Additional hospital surge measures. All hospital visitation is prohibited until further notice with some exceptions—including end-of-life care, obstetrics, parents or guardians of minors, and support for people with disabilities. • Additional measures to protect nursing homes. Until further notice, indoor visitation at Maryland nursing homes is generally limited to compassionate care, and all visitors must have proof of a […]
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