(June 19, 2020) Arcades, malls, casinos, indoor gyms and indoor studio fitness activities will open tonight at 5 p.m. Gyms and fitness studios must operate at half capacity. 

All of these have been closed since March to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. 

Gov. Larry Hogan announced these business openings during his press conference on June 10.  He also announced that indoor dining would be open at half capacity starting last Friday, as well as outdoor amusements and rides, mini golf and go-kart tracks and outdoor pool capacity up to 50 percent capacity. 

Hogan said this week’s openings must adhere to “strict health and safety protocols,” but did not specify what those are. 

“I want to thank the many businesses that have been taking the health and safety precautions so seriously and those that have been taking the Maryland Strong: Back to Business Pledge,” Hogan said. 

He urged businesses and residents to continue to follow guidelines from the Center for Disease and Control and the state. 

“We must all continue to remain vigilant,” Hogan said. “Our health and economic recovery depends on all of us continuing to exercise personal responsibility in order to keep ourselves, our family members, our neighbors and our co-workers safe.” 

He said he would continue to give the Maryland counties the local control they have requested. 

As of Wednesday, Maryland’s covid-19 positivity rate dropped to 5.81 percent and the hospitalizations were at the lowest level in 73 days.

Elizabeth covers Worcester County issues for Ocean City Today. In 2018, she graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa with a bachelor of arts. After graduation, Elizabeth spent a year with Lutheran Volunteer Corps in Wilmington, Delaware.

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