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Hogan: Expanded capacity for indoor dining can begin next week

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — #baltimore-md WBAL11

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced expanded capacity for indoor dining can begin next week.

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Effective at 5 p.m. Monday, capacity for indoor operations at restaurants can increase from 50% to 75% with appropriate distancing, and following strict public health requirements consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Restaurant Association.

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The governor’s announcement comes in time for the state’s first-ever Maryland Restaurant Week. Earlier Friday, the governor visited McGarvey’s Saloon and Oyster Bar in Annapolis to present a proclamation recognizing Sept. 18-27 as Maryland Restaurant Week.

“As we continue with the third and final stage of our recovery, I want to commend our state’s restaurant industry for their incredible resilience this year and for their continued commitment to the health and safety of Marylanders,” Hogan said in a statement. “To celebrate the first-ever Maryland Restaurant Week, I encourage Marylanders to support their favorite local businesses, whether you do so through delivery, curbside pickup or by dining indoors or outside.”

Marshall Weston, president and CEO of the Restaurant Association of Maryland, released a statement, saying: “Restaurants in Maryland are pleased that the governor has heard their concerns and has increased indoor dining capacity to 75%. The weather will soon eliminate outdoor dining as a viable option and the increase of indoor capacity will help make up for that loss. We encourage all counties to follow the governor’s executive order and not delay implementation. Restaurants will continue to serve their customers safely even with these increased capacities.”

As with Stages One and Two, Stage Three of the state’s reopening plan continues to be implemented in multiple phases with a flexible, community-based approach where individual jurisdictions make decisions regarding the timing of reopenings.