Hogan

Gov. Larry Hogan 

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday that all business restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic, except indoor mask-wearing, will cease starting on Saturday.

That means there will be no restrictions on indoor and outdoor dining or ticketed events at indoor or outdoor venues, the governor said. Local jurisdictions can still choose to keep some restrictions in place, but County Executive Jan Gardner said Wednesday night that the county will comply with Hogan’s order.

“Effectively, as of Saturday, every business in Maryland will be able to open at 100 percent with no restrictions,” Hogan (R) said.

The governor said the indoor mask mandate will be lifted as soon as 70 percent of Maryland adults receive at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine. State data shows more than 65 percent meet that mark.

Hogan called on those who haven’t gotten the vaccine to do so in order to help end the pandemic.

“We truly are closer than ever to getting back to a sense of normalcy,” he said. “But once again, the fastest way to get rid of our damn masks and to put this pandemic behind us once and for all is for every single eligible Marylander to get vaccinated as quickly as possible.”

Hogan knows certain businesses large and small might still enforce restrictions or their own rules to curb the spread of the coronavirus. That includes Camden Yards and other large venues that have been severely impacted by pandemic restrictions.

Gardner (D) said despite the lifting of restrictions, coronavirus hospitalizations remain around 20 people each day, with several people in the intensive care unit.

She added Hogan’s order includes recommendations to leave tables 6 feet apart for indoor dining.

“We are in a transition period, and we still have many people at risk who are not vaccinated,” Gardner wrote in an email. “People should continue to take precautions and wear their masks indoors at all public places. But most important, people need to get vaccinated.”

Dr. Jinlene Chan, deputy secretary of public health services, noted the Food and Drug Administration has approved the Pfizer vaccine for kids ages 12-15.

Chan said she understands parents need to decide what is best for their kids but added she’s also in that situation.

“I have to say, I am not just a physician. I am also a parent,” Chan said. “And my son falls into this age category. And so we have been having conversations with him about getting vaccinated and what the importance of it is, and what to expect and why it is important for him so that he can get back to some of the activities that he missed out on last year.”

Gardner said health metrics are improving because of the state and county’s vaccination efforts.

“The progress made has been directly linked to the vaccination effort,” Gardner wrote. “And we will be able to return to more normal activities if more people get vaccinated.”

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Steve Bohnel is the county government reporter for the Frederick News-Post. He can be reached at sbohnel@newspost.com. He graduated from Temple University, with a journalism degree in May 2017, and is a die-hard Everton F.C. fan.

(37) comments

vodalone

BREAKING: CDC to announce vaccinated people can take off masks INDOORS except for in crowded places. We might not have to wait until 70% of Maryland residents are vaccinated to do that.

bosco

Hidin' Biden put no qualifiers on his announcement. I recorded it and will rewatch it to be sure. I wonder if Psaki will have to walk it back or circle back?

bosco

Hey Groggy,

Greg F

May 13, 2021 4:04pm

Can we stay on topic already

bosco

BTW, Groggy, did your guy cook up the vaccine and put together the distribution network in 100 days?

KMA

C.D.Reid

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] bosco, on both counts!

C.D.Reid

Gee Groggy, that nasty 'ole TDS is still nagging at you, huh? I think a nice long rest in the country would do you and fellow Trump Haters a world of good. [lol]

artandarchitecture

"The governor said the indoor mask mandate will be lifted as soon as 70 percent of Maryland adults receive at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine."

One's freedom should never be tied to submission to experimental "vaccines."

Sick people who have a *fever* can stay home. If someone chooses to get shots, wear masks, & distance themselves, healthy people are of no threat whatsoever. Stop the hysteria.

phydeaux994

a & a, try walking on the beach with no top on or leaving home naked or going through a red light or throwing your trash in the street or doing any of the thousands of things that a civilized Country has laws to control for the benefit for ALL of the citizens in our Country. Are those things taking your Freedom to do as you dang well Please away? YES!! What’s different about wearing a mask?? Please explain your thinking a & a. Is it rational?? Please don’t duck the question. What is different about wearing a mask to keep you from infecting your grandparents or a neighbor or a person in Walmart? I look forward to your answer.

artandarchitecture

Phy, nudity/public decency/lack of public vulgarity has nothing to do with having a privately-owned shop, where the shop-owners + every customer in the shop ALL AGREE to not wear a mask shop (or wear one, *only* if you want) while in the shop.

But since you bring up toplessness at the beach--

"Women" (not ladies) back in court fighting for toplessness in Ocean City, Maryland:

https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2021/05/06/fight-for-women-to-be-topless-in-ocean-city-back-in-court/

Greg F

You do not have a right to endanger others, and this is a national emergency. Cripes Art....you would sure make veterans of wars roll over in their graves for your brave sacrifice except you won't sacrifice anything to help others. Therefore they surely are rolling over. Can't fix stupid.

phydeaux994

True a & a, that fight has been going on for decades and the ladies haven’t won yet. And since wearing masks hasn’t been mandatory in most places, your shop example is true also. Congratulations. But you didn’t explain why don’t feel that all these laws making some behavior not acceptable for the common good are restricting your Freedom. I was for mandating masks, it would have made a tremendous difference in the death toll. Why it became such an explosive issue is beyond comprehension, to the point that people were killed and maimed for trying to enforce private enterprises policies.

C.D.Reid

fido says "Please don’t duck the question." That's classic, coming from one who is too much of a coward to answer questions posed of him! [lol][lol][lol]

Greg F

Wow...you really are the clueless fear-monger, aren't you? Oblivious to reality.

Dwasserba

I can see some awkward interactions ahead re the lack of specificity on handshakes

bosco

How would shaking hands be any different than any other reason. Shake hands and then keep them out of your nose and mouth until you can wash them.

threecents

You have no issues with shaking hands, but you sanitize your hands after touching a menu at a restaurant? Actually I think shaking hands is probably more of an issue with GI bacteria than with viruses.

bosco

I sanitize my hands after handing the menu back to the waiter because on the way into the restaurant I grabbed the door handle to hold the door for Mrs. Bosco, I probably touched the bottom of the chair as I pulled it in, and then touched the menu. So yes, I sanitize my hands before I touch any food or anything that's going into my mouth. So far as shaking hands, yes GI bacteria is a big concern, but since I don't stick my fingers into my mouth or touch food after shaking hands, it's no problem to me.

Try growing up in pre polio vaccine days and having wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands drilled into you by then adults. It stuck with me.

threecents

Not that you are average, but the average person touches there face dozens of time every hour without even noticing it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyH0C91bAJY

bosco

But how many people stick their fingers in their nose or mouth after shaking hands or touching commonly touched surfaces!

Are you being obstinate for fun or do you have a personal agenda? Just curious. Have you studied epidemiology or public health?

threecents

Good point Bosco. They touch their mouth and nose and their hands go near their mouth and nose. Not sure if they actually have to stick their fingers in their mouth or nose to transmit the virus. You never lick your fingers? Good on you.

Reader1954

If you want to wear a mask I don't care. But I don't want to anymore so let me alone. If you are afraid then stay home out of my way

C.D.Reid

Agreed, 100% [thumbup][thumbup][thumbup]

Greg F

Where it’s required, don’t be an a-home about it. A business owner can require it also...don’t like it, pizz off.

jth7100

I think some people fantasize that not wearing a mask is a cool outlaw move. A free spirit that can't be contained and such a free thinker unlike a sheep. Although the sheep likely thinks it's a dick move.

Dwasserba

People who dis sheep probably never met any. Team players get stuff done.

threecents

It will be interesting to see if the stores and other businesses, hospitals, etc. will continue to have mask rules once Hogan drops that guideline. And for those of us who voluntarily continue to wear masks, will we be mocked by people from a certain party, which shall not be named.

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threecents

OK, Why do you think that? I probably won't wear a mask when I am not told to by my employer or by the businesses I enter, but whether I mask will be up to me. Why do you insist on making this political theater?

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public-redux

maranick, Are you truly so bereft of imagination that you cannot think of a reason other than fear why someone might choose to wear a mask?

bosco

I wear a balaclava mask when I ride the Harley in colder weather. I wear a dust mask when I'm sanding wood or fiberglass. I wear a dual cartridge respirator when I spray paint. I wear eye and ear protection when indicated by the activity.

But I see no reason to wear a mask out into the world since I've been vaccinated and plan to get any boosters if offered. I don't wear one during cold and flu season either.

If a business requires a mask in the immediate future I will comply out of respect for the business and staff, but if a business tries to mandate masks long after the science indicates they are not necessary, I will object and probably shop elsewhere. That remains to be seen.

threecents

Yah, the science is telling us that much of the spread of the virus - perhaps most - was due to people with subclinical cases who did not mask or distance. While the US is improving dramatically, the pandemic is far from over, and it is not unlikely that new variants with some vaccine resistance will arise in the US. If some people decide that mask wearing is not a big deal and want to continue wearing a mask - whether to protect themselves or others, they should not be shamed for it by people like Marinick.

bosco

threecents - I have travelled a bit in Asia and the people there often wear a mask if they feel unwell. They do it out of courtesy to other people. On the other end of the spectrum, in Asia I have seen men step over to the curb, block one nostril, and blow a snot rocket into the street.

Wear a mask all you want and it won't bother me in the least.

threecents

Thanks Bosco.

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Frankle1

Some people can't get vaccinated because they're immunocompromised. How about you have some shred of empathy and leave people alone if they choose to continue to wear a mask? You don't know someone else's story.

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bosco

I don't think mocking will have any effect. I recall getting sidelong glances and "looks" when we would board a plane and whip out a couple of wipes to wipe down the surfaces we would be touching - seatbelt buckles, tray, etc. Same glances when we would sit down in a restaurant and sanitize our hands after handing the menu back to the waiter.

Let them wear whatever makes them feel comfortable. Just don't expect the rest of us to follow.

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newspostreader

marinick1 - No sheep-like fear here. I'm intelligent enough to see that masks work. We had record low flu cases this past winter as well as regular colds. That is evidence enough for me that masks do help and will continue to wear one until things improve far more than they are now. If that makes me a sheep, well then BBAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!

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Dwasserba

Yes, taking the time to mock shows how much you care. Why.

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phydeaux994

WOW!! marinick1, you sure have busted out of your silent approval of the BTT(BullyTagTeam) lately and joined the fray. Good for you, you might be invited to join the team. You’re going to have to sharpen up your insult skills but that will come with time. 👍Welcome.

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