News: (most recent at top)
- -Governor Larry Hogan has announced that due to successful Stage One re-openings across the state and improvements in key data and metrics, the State of Maryland can now safely move forward with the completion of Stage One of the ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery,’ which includes the resumption of outdoor dining and outdoor activities such as youth sports and youth day camps, and the reopening of outdoor pools and drive-in movie theaters.
- -Maryland courts have announced a plan to gradually reopen through a phased approach over the next few weeks and months. Read more HERE.
- -Queen Anne’s County Parks & Recreation has announced that their summer camp program will be cancelled this year.
- -Governor Larry Hogan has announced the beginning of Stage One of the ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery,’ which includes moving from a Stay at Home order to a Safer at Home public health advisory and the gradual reopenings of retail, manufacturing, houses of worship, and some personal services. Stage One will be implemented with a flexible, community-based approach that empowers individual jurisdictions to make decisions regarding the timing of reopenings.
Effective Friday, May 15, at 5:00 pm, Maryland has moved from a Stay at Home order to a Safer at Home public health advisory.
Marylanders, particularly older and more vulnerable Marylanders, are strongly advised to continue staying home as much as possible. Employers should continue to encourage telework for their employees when possible. Individuals who can work from home should continue to do so. Maryland citizens should continue wearing masks in indoor public areas, retail stores, and on public transportation. Additionally, Marylanders should continue practicing physical distancing, continue avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people, keep washing their hands often, and frequently sanitize high-touch areas.
LOCAL FLEXIBILITY FOR JURISDICTIONS. Governor Hogan’s ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery’ provides a flexible and community-based approach which empowers county leaders to make decisions regarding the timing of Stage One reopening in their individual jurisdictions. Read the new order here.
RETAIL STORES. Governor Hogan announced that retail stores may reopen at up to 50 percent capacity, with curbside pickup and delivery strongly encouraged, and all public health precautions in place. Examples of businesses that may reopen include clothing and shoe stores, pet groomers, animal adoption shelters, car washes, art galleries, and bookstores.
MANUFACTURING. Governor Hogan announced manufacturing may resume operations in a safe manner which protects the health of employees, with guidelines encouraging multiple shifts and other safety precautions.
CHURCHES AND HOUSES OF WORSHIP. Churches and houses of worship may begin to safely hold religious services, at up to 50 percent capacity, with outdoor services strongly encouraged. Religious leaders are strongly urged to do everything possible to keep their congregants safe, and particularly to protect the elderly and vulnerable within their congregations.
PERSONAL SERVICES. Some personal services, including barber shops and hair salons, may reopen with up to 50 percent capacity, by appointment only and with appropriate health and safety guidelines.
‘BACK TO BUSINESS.’ Businesses that adopt all safety guidelines are encouraged to take a ‘Back to Business’ pledge.
- -Governor Larry Hogan has announced the resumption of elective medical procedures. Providers must exercise their independent professional judgment in determining what procedures are appropriate to perform, which appointments should occur, and which patients to see in light of widespread COVID-19 community transmission. All health care workers, patients, and others must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms, and physical distancing requirements must be strictly maintained in all settings where people must wait in order to minimize direct contact between individuals.
- -Governor Hogan has amended his Stay at Home order to broaden the list of permitted outdoor activities to now include individual and small group sports such as golfing, tennis, and similar activities; outdoor fitness instruction; recreational fishing and hunting; recreational boating; and horseback riding. Closed functions at state parks will be reopened, including all state beaches for walking and exercise, as well as playgrounds. Local governments will have the flexibility to take similar actions at their discretion. It will remain critical, however, that Marylanders continue to follow public health guidance and practice physical distancing.
- -Governor Larry Hogan has announced it is now a requirement to to wear masks when in retail stores or using public transportation. Retail stores are now required to have their staff wear masks and practice social distancing among staff and customers.
- -Gov. Hogan has issued a “Stay At Home” Executive Order, and also ordered all non-essential businesses to close. For more information on the Stay-At-Home order and essential/non-essential businesses, click HERE. Click HERE to read how State Police say they plan to enforce the Stay-At-Home order.
- -Click HERE to go to the official State of Maryland Coronavirus page with the map showing number of cases in each county, etc.
- Click HERE to go to the official Talbot County Coronavirus page (talbotcovid19.org).
- Click HERE to go to the Caroline County COVID-19 page.
- Click HERE for information from Queen Anne’s County regarding local COVID-19 cases.
- Click HERE to go see the latest updates from Dorchester County.
- Click HERE to go to the Kent County (MD) COVID-19 page.
- Click HERE for information & updates from University of Maryland Shore Regional Health.
- -Maryland Primary Election pushed back to June 2nd and will be conducted via mail. Ballots are being sent to voters in early-mid May and must be postmarked by June 2.
- -All Maryland Public Schools will remain CLOSED to students through the rest of the school year. School sanctioned travel for students and staff is cancelled. Meals are available to students through the closure. Click HERE for when/where you can pick meals up in your area.
- -Mid-Shore Pro Bono – Not open to walk-ins but they are available to assist clients by phone.
- -The Avalon Foundation has announced the Easton Farmer’s Market will be open Saturdays from 8am-1pm at the old Black & Decker building parking lot in Easton. Residents are reminded to wear masks & please stay in your vehicle and as best you can please have goods loaded in your trunk. It’s also advised that as much as possible. More info HERE.