Baltimore closes indoor and outdoor restaurants, tightens COVID restrictions – CBS Baltimore


BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott announced new COVID restrictions in the city on Wednesday as cases and hospitalizations continued to climb, including the closure of indoor and outdoor dining at restaurants.
Scott focused on shrinking the capacity of some businesses in the city, while shutting down others altogether. He also increased restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings in public and private facilities.

Here are the latest restrictions announced on Wednesday that will take effect Friday at 5 p.m.

  • Indoor gatherings in public and private facilities – private homes and public spaces – will be limited to a maximum of 10 people.
  • Outdoor gatherings, public and private facilities, will be limited to a maximum of 25 people.
  • Sports gatherings and facilities controlled by city parks and recreation will be prohibited.
  • Religious establishments must not exceed 25% of the maximum capacity of such establishments.
  • Retail stores and malls will be capped at 25% of maximum capacity.
  • Indoor recreation will be closed – including cigar and hookah bars as well as adult entertainment venues.
  • Outdoor recreation establishments will be capped at 25% of their maximum capacity.
  • Personal service establishments will be capped at 25% of maximum capacity. Personnel at these facilities must wear a face mask at all times.
  • Indoor services should be provided on a single, substantial basis and a log should be kept with the names of clients and staff providing the services.
  • Fitness centers will be capped at 25% of their maximum capacity.
  • The casino will be capped at 25% of maximum capacity without food or drink.
  • Museums, zoo and aquarium will also be capped at 25% of their maximum capacity
  • Outdoor theaters and entertainment venues will be closed.
  • Restaurants and other eating establishments will be closed to indoor and outdoor dining. However, fulfillment, delivery and drive-thru may continue.

“We know our restaurant industry has been one of the hardest hit by this pandemic,” Scott said, adding that “the city has been proactive in finding ways to support our restaurant community. ”

Grants totaling $ 5.5 million were awarded to the city to support small businesses. The city awarded 235 grants totaling $ 2.8 million to restaurants, take-out establishments, bars and taverns in the city. Thirty percent of those grants went to restaurants that received no federal or state funding to help small businesses.

An additional $ 6.5 million in grants will be awarded starting next week by the state of Maryland to support restaurants and public markets in Baltimore, Scott said.

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“When it comes to the well-being of our residents, I’m not afraid to do the right thing over the popular. It’s about saving lives. Nothing more, nothing less, “said the mayor,” and today instituting these restrictions on the public health of the people of Baltimore. I make a commitment to you, the people of Baltimore, to be here every week to bring you the information you need as we continue to fight this pandemic in the hope that you will make informed decisions for yourself and your family.


Scott, 36, who was sworn in on Tuesday, was joined by other city officials to discuss the latest information on COVID-19 in the city.

“Baltimore, we are still in a pandemic. And, to be completely honest, some of us don’t act like that, ”Scott added. “I know the fatigue from COVID is real and has started to set in on a lot, but we need to be vigilant. Please be very clear. COVID doesn’t get tired. COVID doesn’t take days off and COVID doesn’t care how you want to get back to normal. He is actively seeking to infect us all.

The city of Baltimore has reported a total of 26,897 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic and 585 deaths. The city recorded 304 new cases overnight and 11 new deaths were reported. The state of Maryland had its highest hospitalizations on Wednesday.

He called on his generation of people between the ages of 20 and 39 to lead the numbers.

Most Baltimore zip codes have a COVID positivity rate of 5% or more

“We may not be the ones who will die, but the reality is we can pass it on to others,” Scott said. “Think about the generation of our parents and grandparents. Think about how many hundreds are dying and your inability or unwillingness to make the necessary sacrifices, or to act responsibly as an adult, may mean that your grandma, father, grandfather will not be. there for you. This is how serious it is.

“This hookah bar can wait. This brunch can wait, ”he continued. “We need to keep our families and our loved ones alive. If we are to stop the surge in cases, we need to be careful and change our behaviors. ”

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He said on Tuesday his goal was to help the city navigate two pandemics: the coronavirus and violence.

“I am not naive about the challenges we face,” Scott said Tuesday. “You trusted me to be your mayor at this critical time. Through fresh thinking, transparency, professionalism, integrity and hard work, we can meet these challenges. ”

As for the COVID pandemic, Scott said he would not give up or hesitate to make decisions that save lives.

“I want to make sure all Baltimorians wear a mask. I want to make sure that all Baltimorians can get tested and have access to the vaccine, our decisions will not always be easy and often feel tough, but they will always be monitored by the advice of public health officials, ”a- he declared.

City officials have again urged residents not to travel for the holidays, to continue to wear masks and to distance themselves.

For the latest information on the coronavirus, see the Maryland Department of Health website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage at coronavirus in Maryland here.


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