Hogan to lift some coronavirus restrictions, but Baltimore mayor says local officials may move more slowly

Gov. Larry Hogan is expected to announce Wednesday the relaxing of some restrictions on business and gatherings as hospitalizations due to the coronavirus pandemic have reached a plateau, but Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said local officials don’t yet feel comfortable reopening.

As part of his three-stage plan to reopen the economy, Hogan last week began to loosen some restrictions, including permitting elective medical procedures and recreational activities such as boating and golfing.

The next steps in the first stage of the governor’s reopening plan include reopening certain small businesses, curbside services, limited-attendance outdoor religious services, limited outdoor fitness classes and car washes. A spokesman for Hogan would not confirm Tuesday what activities will be relaxed next.

At a news conference Tuesday, Young said not all county executives “feel comfortable” yet with reopening.


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