Maryland moving into Phase 3 of reopening, with movie, live shows getting green light

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced the sate will move into Phase 3 of its reopening plan.

Hogan also announced that in collaboration with Apple and Google,that Maryland will be one of the first states to deploy a new exposure notification tool to help slow the spread of Covid-19. Exposure Notifications Express is designed to help public health officialsmore quickly and easily provide notifications for their residents about potential Covid-19 exposure and guide them on recommended actions.

This new technology will be optional for users and will be available to all public health agencies.

Changes in Phase III

  • INDOOR THEATERS –Indoor theaters where live performances occur or motion pictures are shown may open to the general public at 50 percent capacity, or 100 people per auditorium—whichever is less—with appropriate health and safety protocols in place.
  • OUTDOOR VENUES –Outdoor venues where live performances occur or motion pictures are shown outdoors may open to the general public at 50 percent capacity, or 250 people—whichever is less—with appropriate health and safety protocols in place.
  • RETAIL AND RELIGIOUS FACILITIES –Capacity for retail establishments and religious facilities may increase from 50 to 75 percent.

Delaware retail stores are limited to 60 percent occupancy, with theaters at 30 percent.

Delaware has allowed theaters to operate this summer. However, many chains chose to remain closed during much of the summer due in part to a lack of new releases and capacity limits,

Live performance venues are largely closed, with 30 percent occupancy and other restrictions making operations costly.

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