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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.”

Baltimore County to allow outdoor dining on Pennsylvania Avenue in Towson

Baltimore County will close Pennsylvania Avenue from York Road to Washington Avenue on weekends to allow restaurants to expand outdoor seating into the street, county officials announced Wednesday. Screengrab via Google Street View.

Baltimore County will close a portion of Pennsylvania Avenue in Towson to vehicle traffic on weekends to allow restaurants to expand outdoor seating into the street, county officials announced Wednesday.

Starting this weekend, the county will close Pennsylvania Avenue from York Road to Washington Avenue from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays as part of their Seats on the Streets initiative with the Towson Chamber of Commerce. Restaurants will be able to seat diners in the street from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on the weekends.

The program will last through the end of the month and may be extended past June, officials said.

Old Bay hot sauce returning to stores next week after selling out earlier this year

Old Bay hot sauce will return to stores as early next week, McCormick & Co. announced Wednesday. Photo courtesy of McCormick & Co.

If you weren’t able to get your hands on a bottle of Old Bay hot sauce before it sold out earlier this year, your second chance is here.

Old Bay manufacturer McCormick & Co. announced Wednesday that its limited edition hot sauce will return to stores along the East Coast as early as next week.

Whitehall Market opens in historic Hampden mill

A food market has opened inside the historic Whitehall Mill building in Hampden. Screengrab via Google Street View.

The Whitehall Market opened last week inside the Whitehall Mill, a historic flour mill in Hampden.

The former mill on Clipper Hill Road dates back to 1798 and the building is already home to apartments, offices and an oyster restaurant. Now, it has added a 18,000-square-foot food market and private events space to its offerings.

Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar set to open June 14 with restrictions


The Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar will open for the season on June 14, albeit with fewer vendors and restrictions in place to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts announced today.

George Marsh’s Heritage Smokehouse gets a liquor license

Photo by Ed Gunts.

George Marsh’s Heritage Smokehouse took a big step today toward operating as a full-service restaurant and tavern, when Baltimore;s liquor board approved its request for a seven-day liquor license at 5800 York Road, in Govans.

Downtown restaurant Maisy’s announces it’s closing for good

Image via Google Street View.

Maisy’s, a restaurant located in the heart of downtown known for brick oven pizzas and creative takes on classic American fare, will not reopen after coronavirus restrictions are lifted, owner Matt Helme posted on Facebook.

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

Photo by Ricky Romero, via Flickr

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.

Baltimore restaurants allowed to have outdoor dining on Friday

Photo via the Governor’s Office/Flickr

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.

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.