Hogan introduces Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Governor Larry Hogan held a press conference Friday afternoon, introducing the Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery plan.
Hogan broke down the three stages of reopening the state, which are as follows:
- Stage One:
- Lifting the stay at home order
- Reopening of many small businesses
- Lower risk community activities and quality of life improvements resume, which could include reopening golf courses, allowing recreational boating and fishing, and resuming elective outpatient surgeries
- Local governments could have additional flexibility to reopen things such as local parks and playgrounds, municipal recreation centers, and libraries, if appropriate safety protocols could be followed
- Stage Two:
- Begins if/when stage one activities resume without a spike in deaths, a sustained spike in ICU cases, or significant outbreaks of community transmission
- More businesses reopening
- Nonessential workers who cannot telework can return to work
- Resume indoor religious gatherings with limited capacity
- Raising limits on social gatherings
- Return to normal transit schedules
- Opening restaurants and bars with significant safety restrictions
- Stage Three:
- Larger social gatherings allowed
- High-capacity bars and restaurants reopened
- Lessened restrictions on visits to nursing homes and hospitals
- Entertainment venues reopened
- Larger religious gatherings allowed
The number of cases are still rising in Maryland and throughout the National Captial Region, so Maryland is not yet able to lift restrictions. Maryland will continue to see an increase in case numbers, however officials are most focused on the rate of hospitalizations and number of patients admitted to the ICU.
Hogan said he is hopeful that if Marylanders continue staying home and practicing physical distancing, and the numbers continue to plateau, we could begin the recovery process in early May. He also emphasized that as we begin to reopen, it will be important for Marylanders, particularly the older and more vulnerable, to stay at home. They should continue avoiding crowds, practicing physical distancing, and taking precautions to protect themselves, their families, and fellow Marylanders.
“Even as we begin our recovery, it will not be like flipping a switch,” Hogan said.
To read the full Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery, click here.