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Governor Hogan Presses Local Leaders to Enforce Public Health Requirements In Bars and Restaurants

Governor Larry Hogan today directed local leaders to step up enforcement of public health requirements in bars and restaurants across the state. State health officials have connected an increasing number of COVID-19 cases to non-compliance with face covering and physical distancing rules. “The vast majority of bars and restaurants in our state are in compliance, but some are flagrantly violating the law and endangering public health,” said Governor Hogan. “You have the responsibility to enforce these laws. Violators should be warned, fined, have actions taken regarding their licenses, or closed if necessary. Local health departments, local liquor boards and inspectors, and local law enforcement agencies must work together to ensure public health is protected.” Read the governor’s letter to county leaders. As of today, the positivity rate among Marylanders under 35 is now 84% higher than it is for Marylanders 35 and over. Under Executive Order 20-06-10-01, which was issued on June 10, and accompanying directives from the Maryland Department of Health: Bars and restaurants are open for seated service only with physical distancing and capacity restrictions. Customers must be seated at least six feet apart from other guests. Standing and congregating in bar areas is strictly prohibited. All staff must wear a face […]

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