Health officers from Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County, Montgomery County, and Prince George’s County sent Frances Phillips, the deputy secretary for Public Health Services, a letter sharing their “concerns regarding the recent increase in daily cases across the state and impact of the virus over the past week.”
In the letter, the health officers say there has been an increase in daily case totals and an increased rate of transmission, as well as growing COVID-related hospitalizations and critical care usage, throughout many of their jurisdictions.
The health officers are now urging the state to take “action to curb these trends, including revisiting the activities allowed under the current Phase 2 Executive orders.
NEW: 5 largest counties in Md considering new restrictions including:
-closure of indoor restaurants/bars
-Travel restrictions to and from Covid hotspots
-face covering mandates for both indoor/outdoor activities
Just got letter they sent to Md deputy health secretary pic.twitter.com/N0c7bZTD0Z
— Lindsay Watts (@LindsayAWatts) July 20, 2020
The respective counties are considering a range of revisions to the executive orders, including:
· Restrictions on gathering sizes (up to 10 or 50)
· Face covering mandates for indoor and outdoor activities,
· Closure of indoor restaurants and bars for service, permitting outdoor seating/curbside pick-up and delivery services only,
· Closure of indoor amusement facilities,
· Closure of indoor recreational facilities,
· Restrictions on travel to and from areas deemed COVID hotspots
· Closure of indoor mall activities such as food courts and allowing indoor spaces solely for entrance to stores
Health officers from different counties sent Frances Phillips, the deputy secretary for Public Health Services, a letter sharing their “concerns regarding the recent increase in daily cases across the state and impact of the virus over the past week.