Maryland will lift nearly all remaining COVID-19 restrictions on businesses, restaurants and venues across Maryland on Saturday as vaccines make progress in slowing the virus’s spread.
Gov. Larry Hogan said capacity limits on indoor and outdoor dining, entertainment venues, sporting events and all businesses will end in response to improving COVID-19 metrics.
“Effectively, as of Saturday, every business in Maryland will be able to open at 100% with no restrictions,” Hogan said.
The only restriction that will remain in place after Saturday is Maryland’s indoor mask mandate. Hogan said that will lift after 70% of Maryland adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine — a federal goal that President Joe Biden has set for Memorial Day weekend.
Maryland is on track to meet that goal, with more than 65% of adults at least partially vaccinated. The state will also begin vaccinating adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15 on Thursday.
Hogan lifted the outdoor mask mandate last week, though he encouraged people who are not vaccinated to continue exercising caution.
Madeleine O’Neill covers the Maryland State House and state issues for the USA TODAY Network. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @maddioneill.