Baltimore City Shuts Down Indoor Dining at Bars and Restaurants

| July 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Today, Baltimore City Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced he signed an executive order suspending indoor dining at bars and restaurants in Baltimore City. The decision was made in consultation with Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa after looking at recent data. The order takes effect Friday at 5pm.

Commissioner Dzirasa said the cases per day in Baltimore City has risen from 63.4 to 135 since reopening bar and restaurant dining rooms a month ago. She said COVID-19 deaths have not increased, but they have not decreased either.

The median age for cases in Baltimore City is 35. Commissioner Dzirasa specifically mentioned the Southeast Baltimore zip code of 21224 as having test positivity rates as high as 22 percent.

Maryland COVID-19 hospitalizations have risen in recent weeks from below 400 on July 13th to 505 today. ICU hospitalizations have remained relatively low with the current number at 137.

Commissioner Dzirasa also issued a health order mandating the usage of cloth face coverings in Baltimore City. Under the order, all city residents over the age of two need to wear face coverings whenever they are in public and maintaining a social distance of at least six feet is not possible. City residents are not required to wear face coverings while seated outdoors at a food service establishments.

In a press release Mayor Young said, “I have always stressed that my administration would continuously monitor the data related to COVID-19, and that I would not hesitate to tighten restrictions if the data indicated we should. Today, I am taking steps to help safeguard and protect our residents, business owners, and their employees.”

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