Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski Jr. on Thursday announced he signed an executive order easing more restrictions in his jurisdiction starting Friday.
As of 9 a.m. Friday, retail establishments, barbershops, salons and religious services are allowed to reopen with certain restraints.
“With significant progress in expanding testing and PPE (personal protective equipment, I’m confident that Baltimore County is ready to take these next steps, and do so in a safe manner that protects the health of our residents,” Olszewski said. “While these steps are important, we’re not out of the woods yet, and I urge all residents to continue practicing social distancing to limit the spread of this virus.”
Retail businesses, barbershops and salons must restrict the number of people allowed in their establishments to 10, including staff, Olszewski said.
Barbershops and salons can operate by appointment only.
All establishments allowed to reopen must adhere to social distancing and disinfecting guidelines.
All customers and staff must still continue to wear faces masks and coverings.
Nail salons, tattoo shops and massage businesses must remain closed.
John Olszewski announced indoor and outdoor religious services are allowed to resume but must be limited to 10 people with social distancing measures in place.
The one exception to the 10-person limit is that religious services can be held as “drive-thru or drive-in” events, in which churchgoers attend an outdoor service in their cars. In these cases, with social distancing and face coverings worn, more than 10 people can attend, Olszewski.
The new order falls in line with Gov. Larry Hogan‘s phase 1 of his road map to recovery.