Here are some highlights from Governor Larry Hogan’s press conference on June 3rd relating to reopening Maryland:

11) KEY METRICS. Since announcing Stage One, the state has continued to see downward trends. Statewide positivity rate has dropped to 9.5%. Hospitalizations are at lowest level in 50 days. ICU beds at lowest level since 4/17.

12) Gov Hogan: “All of these metrics allow us to now safely begin Stage Two of our Roadmap to Recovery and take more steps that are critical for getting our economy back on track, and to getting Marylanders back to work.”

13) STAGE TWO. Effective on Friday, June 5, Maryland will be lifting the order requiring the closure of non-essential businesses.

13a) PERSONAL SERVICES. Nail salons, tanning salons, massage/tattoo parlors may reopen at 50% capacity, by appointment only, and with strict safety protocols.

14) READ THE GOVERNOR’S AMENDED EXECUTIVE ORDER: governor.maryland.gov/wp-content/upl

15) GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESS REOPENINGS: commerce.maryland.gov/Documents/Busi

16) GUIDANCE ON PERSONAL SERVICES: commerce.maryland.gov/Documents/Busi

17) STATE GOVERNMENT. Starting Monday, June 8, state government will also begin returning to more normal operations. MVA and other customer-facing agencies will begin phased reopening.

18) With more Marylanders going back to work, we will also begin gradually returning to more normal transit schedules. State Board of Education will continue with its plan to reopen child care centers as more parents return to work.

19) If we continue to see encouraging trends, the next step – likely coinciding with end of the school year – will be to consider reopening some additional outdoor amusement, fitness, sporting, and other summertime activities.

20) As with Stage One, Stage Two will be based on a flexible, community-based approach, with local jurisdictions making decisions regarding the timing of reopenings. All 24 jurisdictions are now in Stage One.

21) Governor Hogan continues to caution Marylanders to remain vigilant, stay home as much as possible, continue to telework whenever possible, continue practicing physical distancing, and avoid crowds or large gatherings.

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Here is additional information via press release:

STAGE TWO BEGINS FRIDAY, JUNE 5 AT 5:00 PM:

To begin Stage Two, Governor Hogan announced that he will be lifting the order requiring the closure of non-essential businesses. 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. Read the governor’s order here.

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.

Employees who can telework should continue to do so whenever possible.

ADDITIONAL PERSONAL SERVICES. Additional personal services including nail salons, massage therapists, tanning salons, and tattoo parlors may resume operations at up to 50 percent capacity, by appointment only, and with appropriate health and safety guidelines.

REOPENING OF STATE GOVERNMENT. Maryland state government will also begin returning to more normal operations on Monday, June 8. The Motor Vehicle Administration and other customer-facing agencies will begin reopening select branches to customers on a limited basis by appointment only. Staff will be required to wear face coverings and will have plexiglass dividers at each station. With more Marylanders back to work, transit will begin to return to a more normal schedule and the Maryland State Department of Education will continue with its gradual plan to reopen child care centers.

REOPENING GUIDANCE. As additional industries and activities begin to resume, the Maryland Department of Commerce continues to develop and issue guidance and best practices to help businesses reopen safely. These resources are available at open.maryland.gov/backtobusiness.

NEXT STEPS. State officials and the Maryland Coronavirus Recovery Team will continue to watch the data closely, and if encouraging trends continue, the next step, likely coinciding with the end of the school year, will be to consider opening additional amusement, fitness, sporting, and other summertime activities.

Visit governor.maryland.gov/recovery for more information about the ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery.’

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View all of the highlights from the press conference via the Twitter feed provided by Kata D. Hall:  https://twitter.com/katadhall/status/1268272796112584704?s=20

Watch the press conference here:  https://www.facebook.com/GovLarryHogan/videos/257251375586804/

Scott E

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