Howard County Reimplements Social Gathering Restrictions: Coronavirus Numbers Rise

Howard County Reimplements Social Gathering Restrictions: Coronavirus Numbers Rise

Restrictions will be tightened after COVID numbers went up past 5%. This was on Monday morning. These new restrictions are set to go in effect after 5:00 PM on Tuesday. They include prohibiting indoor gatherings of more than 10 people and outdoor gatherings of any more than 25 people at a time. On Sunday, Howard had a 19 per 100,000 people test positive for COVID in the county. On Thursday and Friday there were even more positive cases for the county. They also announced that the Department of Recreation will be canceling all tournaments that include anyone out of state. However, anything that is contained within the county or state will still be scheduled normally. The announcement came after Larry Hogan tightened to the restrictions last week. The last week restrictions included that restaurant service was at 50% capacity and discouraged gatherings of over 25 people.

In Arundell County starting Friday gatherings of 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors will be limited. On Monday, all youth sports will be cancelled. On November 20th restaurants will be limited to only 1/4 of their capacity. Other places such as religious establishments and retail stores will continue to operate at half capacity.

In Baltimore City as of Thursday all indoor and outdoor facilities including theaters, gyms, and restaurants must not exceed 1/4 capacity. All bars that don’t serve food must be shut down and all restaurants need to close by 11:00 PM.

In Hartford County on Friday all county facilities will be closed to the public. Indoor parks and recreation facilities will be closed. Organized outdoor activities on county fields including things like sports tournaments will be cancelled. However, county parks will remain open. Employees of the county will also be authorized to use telework methods until further notice.

In Montgomery County as of Tuesday all restaurants, gyms, museums, and retail establishments will be limited to 1/4 capacity. For other businesses such as bowling alleys and hair salons, as well as nail salons, capacity is limited to 25%. Gatherings that have more than 25 people are prohibited.