Baltimore City Eases COVID-19 Restrictions to Allow for Worship, Hair Cuts, and Childcare

| June 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

Baltimore City is now almost fully in Maryland’s Stage One recovery phase for COVID-19. Starting today, the City will allow non-essential employees to visit barbershops and salons, childcare can return for non-essential employees, and places of worship can resume services. Unlike in the State guidelines, however, retail stores in Baltimore City – outside of hardware stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, and liquor stores – still cannot allow customers inside at 50 percent capacity.

Governor Larry Hogan announced the beginning of Stage One would start on May 14th.

Barbershops and salons can now serve essential and non-essential employees by appointment only with five people per 1,000 sq. ft. allowed in a business at a time. Essential employees have been allowed to get haircuts in recent weeks.

While childcare center services for essential employees have been allowed during the pandemic restrictions, all childcare can return with a capacity limit of 10 people per room.

Places of worship can now offer parking lot service with attendees in cars or tented services with 50 people or less.

Summer camps are allowed to resume with a maximum capacity of 10 people.

Hotels and accommodations can now open for all visitors.

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young has not yet commented on pools, which were allowed to reopen at limited capacity in Governor Hogan’s Stage One plan.

Restaurants have been allowed to open for outdoor seating since June 5th and have remained open for carryout during the pandemic.

Guidelines still exist for wearing masks and social distancing.

When asked at a press conference why retailers still cannot allow customers inside their stores, Mayor Young said, “right now we have to make sure we can safely do this.”

The State of Maryland has moved on to Stage Two, which allows for personal services such as nails and tattoos, the return of state government offices, and the reopening of non-essential offices.

 

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