In a press conference today at 4 pm, Governor Larry Hogan announced that Maryland can begin Stage 2 of Recovery. Hogan said, "Effective at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 5th, we will be lifting the order requiring the closure of non-essential businesses."
Governor Hogan also tweeted about the announcement.
The list of open businesses in Maryland will include: manufacturing, construction, large and small retail shops, speciality vendors, wholesalers, warehouses, and offices including information technology firms, legal offices, accounting, banking and financial institutions, insurance agencies, design studios, advertising and architectural firms, and media production companies. This list does not include indoor dining or gyms!
Additionally, real estate offices, travel agencies, auto dealer showrooms, bank branches and various other offices may all safely reopen with public health and safety guidance recommendations in place. This guidance includes:
Wearing face coverings whenever face-to-face interaction takes place.
Conducting temperature checks for workers and other personnel.
Limiting the proximity of employees by rotating employee hours.
Instituting split schedules, shifts, or shorter work weeks.
Staggering start, break, or shift times.
Hogan also stressed that employees who can telework should continue to do so whenever possible.
Additional personal services including nail salons, massage therapists, tanning salons, and tattoo parlors may resume operations at up to 50% capacity, by appointment only, and with appropriate health and safety guidelines like wearing face masks.
The Governor also announced State Government Operations like the MVA and other customer-facing agencies can begin reopening select branches this Monday, June 8th.
Governor Hogan's Communications Director Mike Ricci tweeted the MVA locations that will be reopening Monday.
Additional steps include a gradual return to more normal transit schedules and safe expansion of additional child care centers.
Click here to view the slides from today's press conference.
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