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Hogan pauses Maryland’s recovery plan, expands masking order

Gov. Larry Hogan speaks at a press conference on July 29. Image via Facebook Live.

With coronavirus-related hospitalizations on the rise in Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday paused the state’s recovery plan and expanded the requirements on when residents must wear a mask to slow the spread of the disease.

Effective Friday, Marylanders will be required to wear masks inside all businesses and public buildings, and anytime they are outdoors and social distancing is not possible, Hogan said.

Maryland to allow reopening of indoor dining, gyms and more

Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday announced that indoor dining would be allowed to resume on Friday, gyms will be allowed to reopen next week, and Maryland is lifting restrictions on other businesses and activities under phase two of the state’s coronavirus recovery plan. Screengrab via Facebook Live.

Indoor dining, gyms, childcare centers, outdoor graduation ceremonies and more will be allowed to resume with restrictions, Gov. Larry Hogan announced on Wednesday.

Hogan said that Maryland has seen “dramatic” declines in several coronavirus-related measurements, allowing the state to lift more restrictions under phase two of the “Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery” plan.

But he also cautioned Marylanders to continue protecting themselves against coronavirus.

“The fight against this virus is far from over,” he said. “In fact, now more than ever as we begin to come in contact with more people, we must all continue to remain vigilant.”

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