Governor Hogan Lifts Restrictions on Elective Surgeries, Boating, Golfing, Beaches, and More Activities

| May 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

At a press conference today, Governor Larry Hogan announced that restrictions will be lifted on elective surgeries, boating, golfing, beaches, and additional outdoor activities. These are some of the many activities and aspects of the economy that have been closed or restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

During his press conference, Governor Hogan said, “Progress on four building blocks puts us much closer to being able to launch Stage One of reopening. We are also beginning to see encouraging numbers. Hospitalizations are slightly down from a week ago, and ICU numbers have been plateauing for eight days.”

He added, “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.”

The Maryland Health Department will issue guidelines, effective immediately, to allow for elective procedures at the discretion of local hospitals and health care providers.

Regarding outdoor activities, Governor Hogan said, “Effective at 7AM tomorrow, the list of safe outdoor activities will be broadened to include golf, tennis, boating, fishing, and camping. Closed functions at state parks will be reopened, including all state beaches for walking and exercise, and playgrounds. Local governments will have the flexibility to take similar actions at their discretion. However, it is critical that Marylanders continue to follow public health guidance and practice physical distancing.”

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