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With coronavirus cases showing what Gov. Larry Hogan called a “staggering, spiking” surge this week, restrictions the state had loosened earlier this fall will be going back in place at 5 p.m. Friday.
Here’s what the governor has ordered:
Retail businesses, restaurants and churches are all capped at 50% capacity again.
Bars and restaurants have a 10 p.m. curfew. They can still serve people, but there’s no seating at bars, restaurants or diners between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Takeout orders will still be permitted during those hours.
Fans at race tracks and stadiums for professional or collegiate sporting events are no longer permitted.
Visitations at nursing homes and hospitals are, in most cases, suspended. There are a few exceptions for end of life care and the parents or guardians of minors.
Any elective medical procedure that isn’t urgent or lifesaving is to be avoided.
The new restrictions come at a time when the state has been shattering records for new case loads and as people get ready for Thanksgiving.
Maryland on Thursday recorded 2,910 new cases — nearly 600 more cases than the previous one-day high, which was only set five-days before.
In four of the last six days, the …
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