Governor Larry Hogan today issued an emergency order stating that, as of Monday, February 1, bars and restaurants will no longer be required to close at 10 p.m. In recent weeks, the state has distributed an additional $80 million in economic assistance to Maryland hotels and hospitality businesses, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Today’s actions follow several weeks of improving COVID-19 metrics: The statewide positivity rate has dropped by 34.7%, and is now the lowest reported since November 13. The statewide case rate has dropped by 37.1%. Hospitalizations have dropped by 16.2%, including a decrease of 11% in the past 14 days. Today’s report of 2,190 new cases is 42.2% lower than the new case high reported on December 4. The average number of new daily cases declined by 35% over the past 14 days. The state’s estimated transmission rate has remained below 1.0 since December 27. “With our data trends showing continued improvement, the holiday surges behind us, and the increasing speed of vaccinations, we are now able to take this step,” said Governor Hogan. “Marylanders must continue to remain cautious and vigilant in order to keep ourselves, our families, and our communities safe and healthy.” Ongoing Relief for Bars […]
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