Mayor Scott’s May 14 Executive Order
On May 14, Mayor Scott issues an Executive Order which rescinded previous City Executive Orders related to COVID-19 and defers to the State of Maryland moving forward. This removes all restrictions on gatherings and businesses, such as the number of people permitted in one place at an event at any given time or capacity and hours of operation limits for businesses.
The only exception is the City’s ‘Mask Order’ which supersedes guidance from the State of Maryland on wearing masks.
- Signed Executive Order: Executive Order – 2021.02.22
- Guidance From Health Department: Health Department Guidance – 2021.02.22
- Guidance From Liquor Board: Liquor Board Guidance – 2021.02.22
- Restaurant Contact Tracing Logs: Restaurant Contact Tracing Logs
- Indoor Gatherings cap of 10 people lifted – must adhere to occupancy limitations of space
- Outdoor Gatherings cap of 25 people lifted – must adhere to occupancy limitations of space
- Restaurants, bars, and breweries – one-hour max for patrons lifted
- Restaurants, bars, and breweries – indoor capacity remains at 25% of maximum occupancy
- Restaurants, bars, and breweries – outdoor capacity still at 50% of maximum occupancy
- Restaurants, bars, and breweries – Sign in sheets still required for contact tracing efforts
- Fitness classes – limited to 25% or 10 total persons, whichever is higher
- Live performances – permitted, performers must wear masks
- Organized amateur sports – outdoor – are permitted
- Organized amateur sports – indoor – are permitted at 25% occupancy, no more than 50 total persons in attendance
- Organized amateur sports – Tournaments and organized amateur sports events with teams from outside the State of Maryland are prohibited.
- Organized amateur sports – Face coverings should be worn by all participants engaged in the field of play and everyone present.
- Adult entertainment – prohibited
- Hookah lounges – prohibited except retail
- Cigar lounges – prohibited except retail
With 15 senior housing buildings in the 11th District, I have been working closely with the Baltimore City Health Department to clarify and communicate the vaccination plan for senior buildings.
The Health Department’s Mobile Vaccination Clinic has started the necessary work of vaccinating our seniors in the easiest possible way. While some senior buildings have already been covered by federal, state, and private clinical vaccination programs, the Health Department is working to provide first doses to all of the senior housing buildings by the end of April, hopefully sooner, provided there is enough vaccine supply.
The order of clinic dates is determined by a number of factors, including population density, social vulnerability index, and recent outbreaks. Representatives from the Health Department will be in the building knocking on doors prior to the vaccination date to notify and register residents, but pre-registration is not required to receive the vaccine. All staff members age 18+ and residents over the age of 65 are eligible to receive the vaccine. Second doses appointments – which need to occur roughly one month after the first dose – are scheduled with residents and staff on the day they receive their first dose.
The Health Department is scheduling clinic dates a week at a time, and the timeline will vary as factors such as the allotment of vaccines and guidance provided by the state determines supply and focus. If you have any questions about your specific senior building, please contact your management team.
If you wish to schedule an appointment independent of the above process, go online here: https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/vaccine to find the best location. If there are literacy or internet access issues, please call 410-396-CARE (2273). You should call your primary care doctor and local pharmacy to get scheduled there as well. Finally, the State is recommending that you schedule a vaccination with as many different providers as possible to ensure you get the vaccination and get it as soon as possible.