BPD has a ‘contingency’ for protests over George Floyd’s death, city announces mental health effort for COVID-19

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The Baltimore Police Department has a “contingency” for protests in Baltimore over the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd in police custody, and has been in touch with Maryland State Police, Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said.

University System of Maryland will mix in-person, remote instruction for fall semester

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University System of Maryland institutions will use a mixture of in-person and remote instruction during the fall semester, the school system announced on Friday.

Each of the organization’s 12 universities will announce their own plans for the fall semester within the next two weeks.

Hogan extends moratorium on utility shutoffs, late fees through July 1

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Gov. Larry Hogan today extended his order prohibiting utility companies from shutting off services for residents or charging them late fees through July 1.

The order stops electric, gas, water, sewage, phone, cable TV and internet service providers from shutting off services at residences or charging households a late fee for lack of payment.

Maryland Film Festival to be held virtually from June 12-21

The Parkway Theatre hosts the Maryland Film Festival. Image via Facebook.

While the Parkway Theatre remains closed, the Maryland Film Festival will screen many of its selections virtually from June 12-21, organizers announced Thursday.

Over those 10 days, 15 feature films and 150 short films that were previously picked for the festival will be screened online. Each feature film will have a live interactive event with the filmmaker.

Maryland surpasses 50,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases

This is a picture of CDC’s laboratory test kit for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). CDC tests are provided to U.S. state and local public health laboratories, Department of Defense (DOD) laboratories and select international laboratories. Photo courtesy of CDC.

At least 50,988 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 233,530 have tested negative as of Friday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

Baltimore restaurants allowed to have outdoor dining on Friday

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Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young today announced that restaurants with outdoor dining permits will be allowed to begin serving customers outside starting at 5 p.m. on Friday in accordance with new guidance from Gov. Larry Hogan.

Restaurants that do not have an outdoor dining permit can apply for a temporary permit online starting at 9 a.m. on Monday.

Live horse racing to resume at Laurel Park on Saturday

St. Paddy’s Day 2015 at Laurel Park

After a two-month absence due to COVID-19, horse racing will return to Laurel Park this Saturday with the approval of the Maryland Racing Commission, the Maryland Jockey Club announced today.

The Saturday card will kick off the start of the summer meet. For the first two weeks, Laurel will have racing on Mondays (June 1 and 8), after which the track will run a Friday-Saturday schedule, according to the racetrack’s website.

Rate of positive COVID-19 tests down from when Maryland lifted stay-at-home order two weeks ago

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The average percentage of positive tests over the past seven days is down from two weeks ago when Maryland began the first stage of its recovery plan.

Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday announced that, starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, the state would move forward with additional measures to reopen businesses and resume activities, including allowing outdoor dinning at restaurants and reopening outdoor swimming pools at 25 percent capacity, as part of phase one of the state’s recovery plan.

State officials would look at the seven-day average percentage of positive coroanvirus tests, in addition to the previously announced metrics of coronavirus-related hospitalizations and patients in intensive care units, to inform their decisions on easing restrictions, Hogan said.

After 25 years, Hampden Junque closes its storefront and becomes a virtual shop

Owner Michal Makarovich outside Hampden Junque. Photo by Ed Gunts.

Michal Makarovich was one of the last merchants in Baltimore who regularly put elaborate displays in the front window of his store, but now he says those days are over.

Makarovich and associate Adrian Monaco created the final window display this week to signal that their business, Hampden Junque, is closing its physical storefront permanently and becoming an online shop.

The window contains a figure of Pee-wee Herman, the fictional character, all by himself, with none of the quirky merchandise from the store that usually surrounds him.

Chef Bledsoe is leaving Miss Shirley’s Cafe to helm Towson restaurant group

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Chef Brigitte O. Bledsoe, a mainstay in the kitchen of Miss Shirley’s Cafe for years, has left to lead Towson Tavern and sister operations The Rec Room and Torrent Lounge.