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Safer-at-Home Advisory Replaces Stay-at-Home Order

Last Updated on May 15, 2020 at 4:25pm | Communications Office
By Garrett County Joint Information Center Team
As Garrett County moves into Stage One of Governor Hogan’s Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery process on Friday, May 15, at 5:00 p.m., the Stay-at-Home order is replaced by a Safer-at-Home public health advisory.
The Governor strongly advises Marylanders to continue staying home as much as possible, especially older and more vulnerable Marylanders. Individuals who can work from home should continue to do so. Maryland citizens should continue wearing masks in indoor public areas, retail stores, and on public transportation. Additionally, Marylanders should continue practicing physical distancing, keep washing their hands often, and frequently sanitize high-touch areas.
“We are moving from what I would call government-imposed restriction to personal responsibility,” said Garrett County Health Officer Bob Stephens. “It is all of our responsibility now to protect our neighbors, our family, and our friends through things like social distancing, washing our hands, wearing face masks, and limiting our travel within the community.”
Of note in the Governor’s Order from May 13th is the fact that gatherings of greater than 10 people for social, community, recreational, leisure, and sporting are prohibited.
Retail establishments may open at no more than a 50% capacity according to fire code. Also allowed to open with this capacity limit, and by appointment only, are beauty salons and barber shops.
The following are to remain closed:
  • Senior centers
  • Restaurants and bars, except for take out or delivery
  • Fitness centers
  • Theaters
  • Bingo halls
  • Bowling alleys
  • Miniature golf
  • Social and fraternal clubs
· Tattoo parlors
· Tanning salons
· Massage parlors
For more information on Governor Hogan’s Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery go to