Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has announced more outdoor activities will be allowed in Maryland as the state continues to see a slowing in the number of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) hospitalizations.
The Governor announced that effective at 7 a.m. on Thursday, May 7th, the list of permitted outdoor activities will be broadened to include golfing, tennis, boating, fishing and camped.
Additionally, closed functions at state parks will be reopened and state beaches will be opened for walking and exercise.
Governor Hogan also announced that local governments will have the flexibility to take similar actions at their discretion, as the Town of Ocean City did on Monday, announcing the town’s beach, boardwalk and inlet parking lot will reopen on Saturday.
Despite allowing more activities, the Governor stresses Marylanders should continue to practice social distancing and wear a face mask when entering businesses, requirements under the still active stay at home executive order.
Governor Hogan said “If these trends continue into next week, we will be ready to lift the stay at home order and to begin Stage One… That would mean the reopening of certain types of businesses and lower risk community, religious and quality of life activities.”