Today, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced Howard County would follow Governor Hogan’s directive to lift the current restaurant curfew on February 1st. Beginning Monday, bars and restaurants will be able to offer dine-in services after 10 p.m. Howard County’s positivity rate is currently 5.75% and has been declining for the past 10 days from a peak of 8% on January 11. The current case rate of 30.8 per 100,000 people has also declined from a peak of 48.7 on January 11.
“Howard County restaurants have been working incredibly hard during this pandemic to keep their employees and customers safe,” said Ball. “With encouraging data and continued vigilance from our residents, businesses, and region, we can provide this small relief. We must not grow weary though – if we want to keep our data trending in the right direction, we have to continue to be cautious and safe.”
Here is the guidance from Governor Hogan on this issue: