Today Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced that effective Friday, March 12th at 5:00 p.m., the state will “safely ease off [Covid] Mitigation strategies. Changes include: Removing capacity limits for restaurants, retail stores, religious establishments, fitness centers, casinos, personal services and indoor recreational facilities. Large outdoor and indoor spaces – including wedding venues – can be 50 percent full. According to the mayor’s office press release, “masking, distancing and other security protocols will remain in place, although capacities will be relaxed”. Rules may vary by state – individual jurisdictions will still have the power to enforce more restrictive capacities, but as Washingtonian previously reported, Hogan encouraged jurisdictions to align with state guidelines to avoid a “confusing patchwork of changing rules” to avoid . Local wedding professionals have been asking for updated guidelines on social media for weeks because the social gathering limit (10 people indoors and 25 outdoors) hadn’t been updated since last year. Read the full Executive Order here.

Given the continued progress in vaccination and the significant improvement in our key COVID-19 metrics, I announced today that we will be easing certain mitigation measures in our state.


– Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) March 9, 2021

Editor, Washingtonian Weddings

Amy runs Washingtonian Weddings and writes Style Setters for Washingtonian. Prior to joining Washingtonian in March 2016, she was the editor of Capitol File magazine in DC and prior to that, editor of What’s Up? Weddings in Annapolis.


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