Ho­gan urges en­force­ment of health re­quire­ments in bars and restau­rants

The Dundalk Eagle - - COMMUNITY CALENDAR -

MARY­LAND—Gover­nor Larry Ho­gan is di­rect­ing 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.” 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 cov­er­ing while work­ing and in­ter­act­ing with cus­tomers.

For fa­cil­i­ties with booths, ev­ery other booth must be closed.

No more than six peo­ple may sit at a ta­ble.

In re­cent weeks, at least 12 other states have moved to re-close bars and restau­rants statewide or in tar­geted lo­cal­i­ties fol­low­ing COVID-19 spikes and out­breaks.

“Our con­tin­ued eco­nomic health and re­cov­ery de­pend on the ac­tive and ag­gres­sive lo­cal com­pli­ance and en­force­ment of these crit­i­cal pub­lic health mea­sures,” con­tin­ued the gover­nor.

“We can­not al­low a small seg­ment of will­ful vi­o­la­tors to squan­der the col­lec­tive ef­forts of the over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of Mary­land cit­i­zens and busi­nesses.”

The state con­tin­ues work­ing to fur­ther in­crease the con­ve­nience and ac­ces­si­bil­ity of COVID-19 re­sources and test­ing. Learn more about COVID-19 in Mary­land, or make a plan to get tested at one of more than 220 test­ing sites, by vis­it­ing coro­n­avirus.mary­land.gov.

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