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Baltimore eases more COVID-19 restrictions, lifts 1-hour limit on dining


BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) —Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott is lifting more COVID-19 restrictions citing the decline in coronavirus cases. 


Starting Monday, February 22, patrons will once again be able to dine longer than 1 hour at restaurants in Baltimore City. 


The gathering limits of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors will also be removed. 


All indoor gatherings will be limited to 25% of the space's total capacity. 


“I continue to be encouraged by the continuous downward trend we see in our numbers,” said Mayor Scott. “More than halfway through February, our new cases are down approximately 48%, deaths are down 6%, and our positivity rate is down 50%. I want to thank Baltimoreans for adhering to the public health guidelines and doing their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our city.”


Effective Monday, February 22 at 6 a.m: 

  • Gatherings: All gatherings must comply with any relevant occupancy based upon the space in which they are located.
  • Food Service Establishments, Bars, and Breweries: One-hour max time limit is removed. Restaurants must continue to maintain a sign-in/sign-out sheet for both patrons and staff.
  • Fitness: Gym classes are permitted at 25% occupancy or 10 people, whichever is higher.
  • Live Performances: Live performances are permitted as long as performers wear masks and adhere to social distancing. Adult entertainment remains prohibited at this time.
  • Organized Sports: Organized amateur sports events, including high school, youth, and/or recreational games, clinics, skills sessions, scrimmages and practices, are permitted in accordance with the dates and guidance from the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks.
    • Tournaments and organized amateur sports events with teams from outside the State of Maryland are prohibited.
    • Face coverings should be worn by all participants engaged in the field of play and everyone present.
    • Indoor amateur sports events are limited to 25% occupancy, provided there are no more than 50 people per activity area. 

"Maximum Occupancy": 

  • 25% of the maximum occupancy load of the Facility under the applicable fire code as set forth on a certificate issued for the Facility by a local fire code official.
  • If no such certificate has been issued for the Facility by the local fire code official, the maximum occupancy of the Facility pursuant to applicable laws, regulations, and permits.

After his announcement, Mayor Scott tweeted, “Don't be reckless! Practice social distancing, wear multi-layered face coverings & wash your hands frequently as we all continue to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19”. 
According to officials, Baltimore City has one of the lowest positivity rates in Maryland. 

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa says, “With the help of Baltimore City residents, by following these guidelines, we will continue to see our case rates go down and our hospitalizations decrease".

Currently, 285 people in Baltimore City are hospitalized due to COVID-19. 

Records show, 771 people in the city have died from the coronavirus.