Governor Larry Hogan announced a recovery plan in place to bring Maryland’s economy back after weeks of dormancy due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
On Friday, he laid out the blueprint to restore the economy, calling it “Maryland Strong: The Road to Recovery.”
Hogan explicitly stated that the state must have made progress on four key elements to be able to consider a plan for recovery. Includes the expansion of testing capacity, increase surge capacity, ramping up the supply of PPE, and robust contact tracing.
He said Maryland is on track for each criterion and is already ahead of schedule in regards to increased hospital surge capacity.
The governor’s plan is going to implement the recovery plan in the following phases. Each phase would be contingent on whether or not the state sees a spike in cases, hospitalizations, or deaths:
- Lifting the stay-at-home order, reopening some small businesses, outdoor recreation
- Resume elective outpatient surgeries
- Increased flexibility for non-surge areas
- More businesses reopening
- Non-essential workers who cannot telework returning to work
- Raising the limit on social gatherings
- Limited physically distanced religious gatherings
- Opening bars and restaurants with safety restrictions with significant safety restrictions
- Return to regular transit schedules
- Reinstituting larger groups and events
- Reopening high-capacity bars and restaurants
- Hospitals lessening restrictions
- Family visits to nursing homes
- Larger religious gatherings
He also has instructed the Maryland Department of Commerce to develop best practices for businesses to operate within the new normal. The Coronavirus Recovery Team will review these plans.