Tuesday, November 17, 2020
For a number of months, well being officers have cautioned the general public that the speed of optimistic circumstances of COVID-19 would spike as temperatures turned colder. In current days, it has turn into clear that circumstances in Maryland have risen exponentially. Maryland’s authorities has responded to the rising caseload by issuing two current directives designed to fight and gradual the resurgence of the virus.
On November 10, 2020, Governor Larry Hogan warned that growing journey circulation into and out of the state could have a job to play within the current COVID-19 spike. The identical day, the Governor’s Workplace issued Governor’s Order No. 20-11-10-01 and the Maryland Division of Well being issued an up to date COVID-19 advisory. The COVID-19 advisory gives steering on tackling the brand new wave of COVID-19 infections. The advisory “strongly recommends” journey restrictions, testing, and self-quarantines, however doesn’t but require them.
Whereas taking the growing optimistic charges of COVID-19 very critically, the Maryland Division of Well being is particularly recommending that:
“All Marylanders ought to chorus from non-essential journey outdoors of Maryland because of the current enhance in COVID-19 infections in different states.”
“Any Marylander getting back from out-of-state or any out-of-state traveler ought to both get examined for COVID-19 promptly upon arrival” to the state or 72 hours previous to journey.
“Out-of-state guests” are inspired to get examined “inside 72 hours previous to arrival and to cancel journey in the event that they obtain a optimistic end result.” As well as, “[v]isitors ready for his or her take a look at outcomes ought to keep at residence between the time of their take a look at and their arrival in Maryland or to self-quarantine upon arrival.”
“Any Marylander who travels to a state with a COVID-19 testing positivity charge above 10% or with a case charge over 20 per 100,000 previously 7 days ought to get examined and self-quarantine at residence till the take a look at result’s acquired.” (Emphasis in unique.) Delaware, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia “are exempt from this advice.” The U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention’s knowledge tracker contains present state-by-state COVID-19 testing info in addition to info for the U.S. territories.
“Worker commuters who go away/enter the state each day and have work-based COVID-19 screening procedures don’t have to quarantine. Staff who often journey to or from Maryland for work-related functions ought to, to the extent fairly practicable, adjust to the quarantine and testing suggestions above.”
The journey advisory implies that people ought to make affordable efforts to conform, however once more, doesn’t explicitly mandate compliance.
Restrictions on Companies and Gatherings
Governor’s Order No. 20-11-10-01 and the COVID-19 advisory additionally revise a number of mandates that have been issued in Governor’s Order No. 20-10-16-02:
The up to date COVID-19 advisory recommends limiting private and non-private indoor gatherings to not more than 25 individuals.
The variety of individuals permitted in foodservice institutions has been lowered from 75 p.c of most occupancy to 50 p.c of most occupancy.
Maryland continues to implement a face-covering mandate. With some exceptions, all individuals in Maryland over the age of 5 years previous should put on face coverings when they’re utilizing public transportation, indoors at a public venue or outdoor at any location the place they’re unable to constantly keep a six-foot distance from different people, acquiring healthcare companies, engaged in any work in an space the place they could work together intently with others, or engaged in work the place meals is being packaged and ready.
Native Orders and Well being Directives
Along with measures being taken on a state stage, a number of counties in Maryland have imposed extra restrictions.
Prince Georges County
County order limits gatherings to teams of 25 individuals outdoor and 10 individuals indoors. The order limits indoor eating and a few retail institutions to 25 p.c of capability.
Government Order No. 122-20 AM limits gatherings to not more than 25 people. In response to the order, the overall capability of foodservice institutions could not exceed 25 p.c of the ability’s most occupancy.
Anne Arundel County
On November 12, 2020, county ordinances restricted social gatherings to 10 individuals indoors and 25 individuals outdoor, and suspended youth athletics on November 16, 2020. Most capability for indoor eating operations in bars and eating places will even be lowered from 50 p.c to 25 p.c starting on Friday, November 20, 2020.
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