BREAKING: City of Salisbury imposes new restrictions due to COVID-19

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SALISBURY, Md. – Salisbury city officials say they are imposing new restrictions due to a recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the area. As of Sunday, officials say Wicomico County is now first in the state for the number of positive cases per 100 people, standing at 17.92 people.

Starting Wednesday at 5 p.m., all indoor gatherings in the city will be limited to 15 people and outdoor gatherings will be limited to 50 people. City officials say this restriction applies in limited scope to parties, cookouts and other social gatherings at private residences. This does not apply to gatherings at retail stores, restaurants, offices, youth sports or religious based gatherings like church service.

“Consideration was also given to how this order will affect the ability of families to gather and celebrate for any number of reasons. However the inconvenience far outweighs the potential for harm which comes from not taking any action at all,” says Julia Glanz, the acting mayor of Salisbury.

City officials say this order will be enforced by Salisbury City Police with warnings and fines as appropriate. They are also encouraging Wicomico County officials to join them by imposing similar restrictions at a county level.

A representative from Salisbury University was also at Monday’s press conference to talk about the role they play in all of this. They say they support the city’s decision and will do whatever they can to enforce the new guidelines with their own students.

This is a developing story. Check back for more details.

Categories: Coronavirus, Local News, Maryland