The Dundalk Eagle

County to al­low restau­rants to in­crease ca­pac­ity

- Newport County A.F.C. · Baltimore · U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Bal­ti­more County Ex­ec­u­tive John Ol­szewski Jr. an­nounced on Mon­day that Bal­ti­more County will con­tinue align­ment with state ac­tions, which will al­low op­er­a­tions at restau­rants to in­crease from 50 to 75 per­cent ca­pac­ity, with ap­pro­pri­ate dis­tanc­ing, and fol­low­ing strict public health re­quire­ments con­sis­tent with the CDC, FDA, and the Na­tional Res­tau­rant As­so­ci­a­tion.

Gov­er­nor Ho­gan’s Ex­ec­u­tive or­der is avail­able on­line at gov­er­nor.mary­land.gov.

Ac­cord­ing to State met­rics, Bal­ti­more County’s pos­i­tiv­ity rate is cur­rently 2.3 per­cent—a re­duc­tion of 81 per­cent since May 29.

Ol­szewski re­leased the fol­low­ing state­ment:

“Bal­ti­more County con­tin­ues to see progress in ma­jor health met­rics as we have grad­u­ally and safely re­opened our econ­omy. While we are con­tin­u­ing to align with the state, we can­not let our guard down.

” In Bal­ti­more County, we’re fo­cused on get­ting our kids back in school, which re­quires all of us to do our part to slow the spread of this virus. We have to ‘Be Safe to Stay Safe‘ by wear­ing face cov­er­ings and so­cially dis­tanc­ing—es­pe­cially while in­doors—to pro­tect our­selves and our loved ones.

”This dan­ger­ous dis­ease is still with us and we must con­tinue to fol­low public health guid­ance. We know that COVID-19 spreads more eas­ily in­doors than outdoors, so as we move for­ward to­day, we con­tinue to urge res­i­dents to pri­or­i­tize less risky ac­tiv­i­ties in their sup­port of restau­rants, such as carry-out and out­door din­ing.

”In the days and weeks ahead, we will con­tinue to strictly en­force state and lo­cal or­di­nances—any busi­nesses found to be vi­o­lat­ing face-cov­er­ing or so­cial dis­tanc­ing man­dates will be held ac­count­able.

”As with every step we have taken, we will con­tinue to mon­i­tor this sit­u­a­tion and will do what­ever is nec­es­sary to pro­tect public health. We’re still in this to­gether and can only get through this to­gether.” Face Cov­er­ings Still Re­quired

Un­der state and lo­cal or­der, in­di­vid­u­als ages five and up are re­quired to wear face cov­er­ings in any in­door busi­ness, ser­vice, or­ga­ni­za­tion or es­tab­lish­ment that serves the gen­eral public.

This in­cludes, but is not lim­ited to, re­tail es­tab­lish­ments, recre­ational es­tab­lish­ments, the­aters, houses of wor­ship and other lo­ca­tions open to the public.

In­di­vid­u­als ages five and up are re­quired to wear face cov­er­ings when outdoors and un­able to con­sis­tently main­tain at least six feet of dis­tance from in­di­vid­u­als who are not mem­bers of their house­hold.

In­di­vid­u­als are not re­quired to wear a mask if eating or drink­ing while seated. In ac­cor­dance with Gov­er­nor Ho­gan’s or­ders, face cov­er­ings are still re­quired when oth­er­wise mov­ing in or about a res­tau­rant or bar premises.

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