Hogan: Nonessential businesses to reopen in Maryland on June 5

Annie Williams, right, stands in line to vote at one of six in-person voting centers in Baltimore on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. While Maryland’s primary was being conducted mostly by mail due to the coronavirus, limited in-person voting was open Tuesday with social distancing guidelines in place. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

Businesses in Maryland that were deemed nonessential and ordered to close amid the coronavirus pandemic will be able to reopen Friday, Gov. Larry Hogan announced.

At a briefing Wednesday, Hogan said that with the state’s improving health metrics, Maryland is now ready to enter the next phase of his reopening plan.

“Our testing capacity, the drop in positivity, hospitalizations and ICU bed and all of these metrics — allow us to now safely begin Phase Two of our ‘Roadmap to Recovery,’ and to take more steps that are critical for getting our economy back on track and getting more Marylanders back to work,” Hogan said.

Effective 5 p.m. Friday, Maryland is lifting the order requiring the closure of nonessential businesses.

Hogan said that businesses with employees have been able to telework should continue to do so.

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