COVID-19 Update – New Orders Taking Effect 11/20 at 5pm

In yesterday’s press conference, Governor Hogan announced an emergency order, taking effect on Friday, November 20th, at 5:00 pm, for the following mandates:
10:00 PM CLOSURE FOR BARS AND RESTAURANTS STATEWIDE.  All bars, restaurants, and venues serving food and alcohol must close between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. except for the purposes of carryout and delivery.

LIMITED CAPACITY FOR RETAIL ESTABLISHMENTS AND RELIGIOUS FACILITIES. Capacity at retail establishments and religious facilities will be reduced to 50%, bringing them into line with indoor dining and personal services businesses, as well as bingo halls, bowling alleys, pool halls, roller and ice skating rinks, fitness centers, and social and fraternal clubs.

NO FANS FOR RACETRACKS AND STADIUMS. No fans will be permitted at racetracks or professional and collegiate stadiums across the state.

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HOSPITAL VISITATION PROHIBITIONS: All hospital visitation is prohibited until further notice with some exceptions, including end-of-life care, obstetrics, parents or guardians of minors, and support for people with disabilities. Read the order.

NEW HOSPITAL SURGE MANAGEMENT ORDER. Hospitals that are full or nearing capacity limits may transfer patients to hospitals that are equipped to provide them with the care they need. This will help alleviate the overcrowded hospitals in some areas of the state, and place patients in hospitals where beds are available. Read the order.

GUIDANCE ON ELECTIVE PROCEDURES. State health officials have issued guidance warning hospitals and other medical facilities to avoid any elective procedure admissions that are not urgent or life-saving, especially if they are likely to require prolonged artificial ventilation, ICU admissions, or may have a high probability of requiring post-hospital care in a skilled nursing facility. Read the guidance.


NEW LIMITATIONS ON NURSING HOME VISITATION. Until further notice, indoor visitation at Maryland nursing homes will generally be limited to compassionate care, and all visitors must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours prior to their visit. Read the order.

NURSING HOME TESTING SURGE. State health officials have issued an order instituting mandatory twice-weekly testing for all staff at Maryland nursing homes, as well as mandatory weekly testing for all nursing home residents, effective no later than Friday, November 20. Read the order.

MORE RAPID RESPONSE TEAMS FOR HOTSPOTS AND OUTBREAKS. To tackle acute outbreaks, Governor Hogan is doubling the number of rapid response teams deployed to provide an extra level of triage and supplement local staffing needs.

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