Reopening Southern Maryland: Phase 2 Update
Last Friday, June 19, 2020 at 5 p.m. Maryland moved further into Phase 2 of Governor Hogan’s Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery Plan. This move expands on the types of businesses that can reopen and allows for indoor restaurant seating at reduced capacity, following Maryland’s initial move to Phase 2 on June 5, 2020.
On June 10, 2020 Governor Hogan announced that beginning June 12, 2020 indoor dining could resume at 50% capacity to allow for distancing and adherence to strict public health requirements. Additionally, outdoor amusement parks, mini golf and go-kart tracks could reopen and outdoor pools could begin to operate at 50% capacity as well. The governor also announced that beginning on the 19th indoor gyms and other studio fitness centers can safely reopen at 50% capacity with strict health, distancing, and sanitization measures. Casinos, arcades, and malls will also be able to begin resuming operations with strict safety protocols.
All reopening businesses must adhere to public health and safety guidelines, which includes:
- Wearing face coverings whenever face-to-face interactions take place
- Conducting temperature checks for workers and other personnel
- Limiting the proximity of employees by rotating hours, implementing split shifts, shorter work weeks and staggering shift start and break times.
As with Phase 1, Phase 2 will be implemented at the discretion of individual jurisdiction leaders. This will allow individual jurisdictions to make decisions based on local data, allowing them a flexible and community-based approach to the Governor’s reopening plan. To see how Southern Maryland is handling the implementation of Phase 2, continue reading.
Calvert County announced its plans to follow Governor Hogan’s plans to implement the new Phase 2 reopenings by June 19, 2020 at 5 p.m. Residents are reminded that the Calvert County COVID-19 Virtual Resource Center will continue to update with the most up-to-date information as the county prepares to reopen.
The Board of Commissioners in Charles County announced its decision to move forward with the reopening of restaurants, gyms and more in accordance with Governor Hogan’s executive order from June 10th.
St. Mary’s County
St. Mary’s County announced that it, too will follow Governor Hogan’s guidance and allow the reopening of additional “non-essential” businesses. Additionally, many St. Mary’s County Government Departments and Offices began offering appointments to the public on Monday, June 8th.
Things to Remember
As each jurisdiction begins to reopen, it is important to remember to maintain physical distance, keep gatherings to 10 persons or fewer, wear face coverings and wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.
You can check out all past updates here: https://ferrantedill.com/?s=reopening