Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (D) announced stricter coronavirus restrictions across the state during a Tuesday press conference, forcing bars and restaurants to close by 10:00 p.m. and requiring businesses to revert to 50 percent occupancy.
The governor explained that the state is now in the “red zone” for the number of cases per 100,000.
“We are now seeing widespread community transmission in every corner of our state,” Hogan said.
As a result, the governor is tightening restrictions in the state. Beginning Friday at 5:00 p.m., bars and restaurants will have to close by 10:00 p.m. Additionally, businesses — including but not limited to retail stores, religious institutions, and fitness centers — will be forced to cap their occupancy at 50 percent. Additionally, fans will no longer be permitted to attend events at stadiums or racetracks:
All bars, restaurants, and venues serving food and alcohol must close between 10 p.m.