The state of Maryland can see "a much longer list" of non-essential businesses reopen starting Friday as Gov. Larry Hogan announced the state is ready to move to stage 2 of the Roadmap to Recovery.
The state can move to that stage starting at 5 p.m. Friday, Hogan said during a press conference Wednesday.
In stage 2, personal services like nail salons and tanning salons can open at 50 percent capacity, Hogan said. Face coverings are encouraged for all businesses that have face-to-face interactions, he added.
Businesses that can reopen include, but are not limited to: large and small retail shops, specialty vendors, wholesalers, warehouses, banks, real estate offices, travel agencies, auto dealers, tattoo parlors and showrooms, Hogan said.
Hogan said businesses should establish public health protocols, based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state's Health Department.
"Just because Marylanders can return to the office doesn't mean that they should. And employees who can telework should continue teleworking whenever possible, and safety must remain a top priority for every single business in our state," Hogan said.
State government will resume more operations starting Monday, Hogan said. That includes a transition back to more normal transit schedules and more child care centers reopening.
If trends stay the same, Hogan said the next step would be to open some outdoor amusement options. That also could include opening up more larger event spaces and lifting dining restrictions on bars and restaurants, according to the governor's Roadmap to Recovery.
He said gatherings of more than 10 people are still prohibited, but that many states including Maryland, have not enforced that in recent days and weeks.
"It's still not really safe to be gathering with more than 10 people closely together, but most people are not following that ... I think every state still has it in place and nobody is following it," Hogan said.
He encouraged young protesters statewide, who likely are in groups of more than 10, to get tested for the coronavirus.
"I would also encourage particularly a lot of the young people out there in that crowd to just be careful," Hogan said. "I wouldn't be hugging grandma until you get that test."
Heidi Keeney, a spokesperson for Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner, said Gardner will hold a news briefing Thursday or Friday to discuss the county's plans regarding Hogan's announcement.