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County Relaxes COVID Restrictions

Starting from 5 p.m., today, March 12, 2021, Prince George’s County has relaxed some COVID-19 restrictions. Yesterday, County Executive Angela Alsobrooks made the announcement at a press conference yesterday.

Significant changes include:

  • Restaurants may allow 50% of capacity inside and outside with distancing and masks as noted in that section.
  • Elimination of the 1 person/family per 200 square feet rule.

Please see a quick checklist to see the details below. The most recent Executive Order No. 8-2021 can be found here.

 

Earlier this week, Maryland State Governor Hogan announced that the State will lift Covid restrictions, drop mask mandates and reopen businesses despite warnings from Biden officials. The Prince George’s County restrictions will however supersede the Maryland State restrictions.

Alsobrooks and Dr. George Askew, the county’s deputy chief administrative officer for health, human services, and education, stated some encouraging numbers:

  • The percentage of COVID-19 tests that come back positive is 4.6%, down from 7% a month ago;
  • The infection rate – the average number of people each patient goes on to infect – is under 1, at .94, a sign that the virus is contracting, not expanding;
  • More than 50% of hospital beds in the county are open, and only 8% of the county’s hospital patients are COVID-19 cases.

Both officials warned that the trend could go south quickly, saying that masks, social distancing, and other safety measures were still critical.

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