Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has announced the lifting of several COVID-19 restrictions as case numbers continue to fall and the vaccination rate continues to rise.
The Governor announced that restaurants will no longer have limitations on capacity for indoor and outdoor dining.
He also announced capacity limits will be lifted for retail businesses, religious facilities, fitness centers, personal services and indoor recreational establishments such as casinos, bingo halls, bowling alleys and skating rinks.
Large venues will be permitted to open at 50 percent capacity. This includes outdoor and indoor venues for conferences, weddings, concerts, conventions, theaters, racing facilities and sporting venues.
All of the limitation increases go into effect at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 12.
The Governor stressed that masking, physical distancing and other safety protocols will remain in place.
“Let’s continue to be smart. We can’t afford to undo all the tremendous progress that we have made together.” The Governor said.