Maryland Gov. Ramps Up COVID Restrictions

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has announced sweeping new restrictions to combat the surge of COVID-19 infections.  The new restrictions include closing bars and restaurants from 10pm to 6am.  Hospital visits are suspended, with exceptions for patients who are dying, giving birth, are minors, or have disabilities.  Doctors and hospitals are asked to discourage elective surgeries.  Nursing home visits are also suspended with the exception of “compassionate care”. This visitors must have negative COVID tests.  No fans will be allowed at sporting facilities or arenas.  Shopping centers, stores and churches can operate at 50% capacity.

Maryland has reported more than 1,000 cases per day for the past seven days.  Yesterday, the state recorded 2149 positive cases.  The new restrictions go into effect at 5pm on Friday, November 20th.