Del. Brian Chisholm (R-Anne Arundel) said it is time to allow all businesses in the state that are still closed due to restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus to reopen provided they follow recommended safety guidelines.
At a news conference on Wednesday Gov. Larry Hogan said that effective Friday at 5 p.m. the order he gave in March requiring the closure of all non-essential businesses will be lifted. The move will mark the state’s entry into Stage 2 of the recovery process. It will allow the reopening of small businesses such as law offices, technology firms, travel agencies, and specialty vendors. Personals services such as nail salons and tanning salons will also be allowed to reopen provided service is by appointment only and strict safety protocols are followed. Movie theaters, malls, and gyms will remain closed.
“We should be reopening completely. I don’t see any point in keeping anybody closed now as long as they can follow certain CDC guidelines if they wish,” Chisholm told MarylandReporter.com in a phone interview on Thursday.