Today, County Executive Calvin Ball announced that Howard County will review Governor Hogan’ guidance lifting additional COVID-19 restrictions effective Friday, March 12th at 5:00 p.m.

“After the holiday surge in COVID 19 cases, Howard County residents and businesses vigilantly followed guidelines and best practices to help reduce these rates to where we are today,” said Howard County Executive Calvin Ball. “Unfortunately, we were not informed ahead of time of the Governor’s announcements today. We are currently reviewing the revised Executive Order to understand its full implications. We will continue to evaluate our metrics and we remain committed to making data informed and people driven decisions to keep Howard County residents safe.”


Here is the announcement from Governor Hogan today:  Governor Hogan Announces Lifting of Capacity Limits, Masking and Distancing Protocols Maintained

  • Capacity Limits Lifted On Outdoor And Indoor Dining, Retail Businesses, Religious Facilities, Personal Services Beginning Friday, March 12
  • Large Outdoor And Indoor Venues May Operate at Up To 50% Capacity
  • Quarantine Requirements Lifted On Out-Of-State Travel
    Western Maryland Mass Vaccination Site To Open One Week Early, On March 25

COVID-19 facts as of March 9, 2021:


Positivity Rate

  • Maryland: 3.4%
  • Howard County: 3.41%

Cases per 100,000

  • Maryland: 12.99
  • Howard County: 16.27

I will keep an eye on future announcement from the County Executive.

Scott E