Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Certain coronavirus-related restrictions continuing in Maryland, US, as of July 23. Some stricter measures in force locally.

  • Alert Begins: 23 Jul 2020 11:31 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 07 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Maryland (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business disruptions

Summary
Coronavirus (COVID-19)-related restrictions in effect in Maryland remain largely unchanged at the state level as of July 23. Maryland has been at Stage 2 of its four-tier COVID-19 recovery plan since June 5, with no firm projections as to when the state may progress to later phases. Under Stage 2, a wide range of non-essential businesses and other facilities, such as restaurants, gyms and fitness centers, casinos, personal care businesses, and retailers have been allowed to reopen. Nevertheless, all establishments that have reopened must comply with state mandates aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19, including enforcing social distancing guidelines, implementing enhanced sanitization procedures, limiting operating capacity, and ensuring the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), among other things. Such directives may vary by industry or type of establishment. Moreover, residents statewide must wear protective face coverings whenever they are on public transportation or inside publicly accessible facilities. Authorities have also strongly encouraged residents to avoid traveling to states with higher COVID-19 activity.

At the local level, however, some cities and counties have imposed stricter measures amid recent surges in disease activity. Officials in the city of Baltimore have ordered restaurants and bars to suspend indoor service through at least Aug. 6 starting on July 24. Such establishments may continue serving patrons in outdoor areas. In Anne Arundel County, starting July 24, restaurants, bars and other food establishments must close indoor service at 2200 daily. Food courts in indoor shopping malls must close. Indoor gatherings of more than 25 people, and outdoor gatherings of more than 50 people are banned.

Business disruptions will likely continue. Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

Advice
Strictly heed the instructions of authorities. Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers. Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent hand-washing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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