Restaurants in Maryland may reopen for outdoor dining at 5 p.m. ET Friday, Gov. Larry Hogan said.
Social organizations such as VFWs, youth sports leagues, day camps, outdoor pools and drive-in movie theaters can also reopen on Friday.
Hogan said the reopenings are “the completion of stage one of the recovery plan,” after Maryland has seen a decreasing trend of Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations.
For restaurants opening on Friday, proper precautions must be taken, he said. No more than six people may be seated at a table, with tables adequately spaced apart. Tables and chairs must be sanitized between parties and restaurants will have to check staffs’ temperatures daily.
Hogan said he supports local leaders closing streets to expand the space that can be used for outdoor dining. He recommended using parking lots and other public spaces in order to allow for restaurants to safely maximize the number of guests that can be served.
There will be capacity limitations, proper social-distancing practices enforced and sanitation procedures in place for youth sports, day camps and outdoor pools.