On Thursday afternoon, Governor Hogan held a press conference warning of "difficult months ahead." He ordered no new restrictions but indicated to journalists that more measures by state health officials are very likely. He also indicated that their efforts are being made more difficult by a lack of leadership at the federal level.
This past Tuesday, Hogan ordered that restaurants must scale back from 75% capacity to 50% capacity. Hogan also discouraged indoor gatherings or more than 25 people and advised Marylanders to avoid travel to states with a positivity testing rate of greater than 10%. Should residents travel to any of those states, they should get tested and quarantine until they receive their results upon their return.
All employers are encouraged to implement telework for employees or alternate scheduling to limit exposure. With positivity rates rising in Maryland, hospital beds are filling up and the state is concerned about reaching capacity.
"We have now crossed over into the danger zone. Too many residents and businesses have ‘COVID fatigue,’ and they are letting their guard down," Hogan remarked. “The reality is that you can just as easily get the virus by hosting a group of friends to watch football on Sunday, or celebrating a family birthday, or the Thanksgiving holiday that’s fast approaching, Each of us has to be more cautious and more vigilant.”