Mayor Brandon Scott said Tuesday he may update citywide restrictions on dining and non-mask wearing activities at the end of this week after his team reviews post-holidays COVID-19 data.
The city is in its fourth week of indoor and outdoor restaurant and bar closures, which Scott announced on his first full day in office. He also capped retail and religious institutions, gyms, malls and museums at 25% of capacity.
Scott said data such as hospitalizations, deaths and new infections will be the sole factor behind any change to the current restrictions.
“We are looking at the information coming out of the New Year’s holiday as we saw spikes around the holidays. That’s what will guide our decision, nothing else,” the Democrat said at a news conference.
He added that business owners will receive a full week’s notice before any restrictions are changed.
The city has seen a 19% decrease in new infections since the restrictions were introduced, Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa said. But, she added, that drop does not reflect the entire holiday period, where people may have spent time with those outside of their households.
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