Governor Larry Hogan Announces Stage 2 of Reopening Begins June 5

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Per Governor Hogan's Executive Order, Maryland begins Stage 2 of reopening effective Friday, June 5 at 5 PM. The Executive Order sets forth the requirements for those businesses allowed to begin reopening, including nonessential businesses. 

Highlights of sections of interest to AOBA members in the Governor’s Executive Order are below.

Gatherings Larger Than 10 Persons Prohibited. 

Businesses, Organizations, Establishments, and Facilities That May Be Open.

  • Operating Requirements.
    • All businesses, organizations, establishments, and facilities that are permitted to be open under this paragraph III shall comply with:
      • applicable Local Orders;
      • applicable Secretary’s Directives;
      • applicable social distancing guidance published by CDC and MDH; and
      • orders issued by the applicable Local Health Officer pursuant to the Order of the Governor of the State of Maryland Number 20-04- 05-02, dated April 5, 2020, entitled “Delegating Authority to Local Officials to Control and Close Unsafe Facilities”, as it may be amended from time to time.
         
    • For avoidance of doubt, Retail Establishments shall continue to comply with the Order of the Governor of the State of Maryland Number 20-04- 15-01, dated April 15, 2020, entitled “Requiring Use of Face Coverings Under Certain Circumstances and Requiring Implementation of Certain Physical Distancing Measures”, as it may be amended from time to time (the “Face Coverings Order”).
       
    • Any business, organization, establishment, or facility in the State of Maryland may require its customers over the age of two, visitors over the age of two, and/or staff to wear Face Coverings (as defined in the Face Coverings Order). A business, organization, establishment, or facility that elects to do so shall post signage at each entrance advising customers, visitors, and/or staff about such requirement.
       
  • Retail Establishments. Subject to applicable Local Orders, retail businesses, organizations, establishments, and facilities in the State of Maryland that principally sell goods (“Retail Establishments”) may open to the general public, provided, however, that the total number of persons permitted in a Retail Establishment at any one time shall not exceed 50% of that Retail Establishment’s Maximum Occupancy. 
     
  • Certain Personal Services. 
    • Subject to applicable Local Orders and paragraph III.d.ii below, the following establishments in the State of Maryland (“Personal Services Establishments”) may open to the general public:
      • beauty salons, but only to provide hair services and provide hair services—blow drying, as described in Title 5 of the Business Occupations Article of the Maryland Code; 
      • barbershops;
         
    • All customers over the age of two are required to wear Face Coverings (as defined in the Face Coverings Order (defined below)) while inside any Personal Services Establishment, except to the extent wearing a Face Covering would make it impossible for services to be performed.
       
  • Foodservice Establishments.
    • Subject to applicable Local Orders and paragraph III.f.ii below, notwithstanding anything to the contrary elsewhere in this Order, (a) restaurants, bars, and other similar establishments that sell food or beverages for consumption on-premises in Maryland (“Restaurants and Bars”), and (b) social and fraternal clubs (including without limitation, American Legion posts, VFW posts, and Elks Clubs) (“Social Clubs”) with dining facilities may, to the extent permitted by applicable law:
      • serve food and beverages to customers for consumption in outdoor seating areas;
      • sell food and beverages that are promptly taken from the premises, i.e., on a carry-out or drive-through basis; and/or
      • deliver food and beverages to customers off the premises.
         
    • Restaurants and Bars and Social Clubs that serve food and beverages to customers in outdoor areas shall require all staff to wear Face Coverings, in accordance with the Face Coverings Order.
       

Additional information for members: