With key statewide health metrics continuing to trend in a positive direction, additional safe and phased reopenings within Stage Two of the ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery’ took effect this evening in most of Maryland’s counties.
Beginning today, indoor dining may resume at 50% capacity with distancing and strict public health requirements. Outdoor amusements and rides, miniature golf, and go-kart tracks may resume with appropriate health and safety protocols. Effective one week from today, on Friday, June 19 at 5:00, additional reopenings will include indoor gyms, studio fitness activities, casinos, arcades, and malls, all with strict health and safety measures in place.
As we take these additional steps and put more people back to work, we want to continue to strongly stress the need to follow CDC and state and local health department requirements and guidelines. The fight against this virus is far from over, and as we begin to come into contact with more people, we must all continue to remain vigilant.
We are also strongly encouraging anyone who wants to be tested, especially those who are in or around vulnerable populations, to get tested for COVID-19. Testing is available to all Marylanders at more than 150 major testing sites across the state, including Walmart, CVS, and Rite-Aid pharmacies. A new, interactive map of COVID-19 testing sites is now available that allows users to search for the nearest and most convenient testing locations.
I’m proud of the people of Maryland for sticking together, for never losing hope, and for staying Maryland Strong during this incredibly difficult time. We have faced and overcome daunting challenges before, and we will get through this together.