Customers Now Allowed Inside Baltimore City Retail Stores

| June 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

Baltimore City Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced on Friday that non-essential retail businesses would be able to have customers inside again. Previously, retail stores in Baltimore City were allowed to only provide curbside pickup to customers. This move puts Baltimore City fully in Stage One of  Maryland’s ‘Roadmap to Recovery’ from the COVID-19 pandemic. The roadmap was first introduced on May 14th.

Retail stores in Baltimore City must operate at 50 percent capacity and customers and staff must wear masks.

Essential retail stores such as hardware stores, pharmacies, liquor stores, and grocery stores have remained open during the pandemic.

The State of Maryland moved on to Stage Two on June 5th, however these new guidelines have not been implemented in Baltimore City. Stage Two lifted the closure of non-essential businesses and allowed personal services businesses to resume. State agencies also returned to “more normal” operations on June 8th.

Indoor dining and outdoor amusements in the state were allowed reopen at 50 percent capacity last Friday. This Friday at 5pm, gyms can open at 50 percent capacity; malls, casinos, and arcades can reopen with safety protocol in place; and the capacity of daycare centers can be increased. Graduations ceremonies, outdoor high school sports, and the ability for small groups to enter school buildings will also be permitted starting on June 19th.

Mayor Young has not made any COVID-19 recovery announcements since last Friday, but did express frustration with large gatherings taking place in the City.

“I am frustrated and concerned by residents failing to heed our continued warnings about the need to practice social distancing and avoid large gatherings in order to keep reducing the spread of COVID-19,” Mayor Young said in a press release. “The gatherings we are seeing – with people in close contact, with crowds of people in small spaces – could increase the spread of COVID-19. We have seen tremendous progress on bending the curve, and to see people engaging in risky behaviors at this point is incredibly disappointing – it has to stop.”

A large gathering at the Fells Point square on Friday night led to the non-fatal shooting of five people.

“I share the frustrations of many in our community and local leaders over the shooting in Fells Point last night,” Baltimore Police Department Commissioner Michael Harrison said in a press release. “What we saw was a gunman who had no regard for human life and fired indiscriminately on a crowd of young people. The Police Department will continue to work with other City agencies, community members, and our law enforcement partners to address gatherings of crowds throughout the city.”

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