Westminster, MD, Thursday, September 3, 2020 – Today in Open Session, the Carroll County Board of Commissioners endorsed State of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s new Executive Order to begin entry-level Stage Three of the ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery,’ which includes a safe and gradual reopening of additional workplaces and businesses such as movie theaters and live entertainment venues, approval to increase capacity from 50% to 75% for retail establishments and religious services. This stage begins at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 4, 2020.

County officials caution everyone that state orders are still in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and all should continue to maintain their vigilance in adhering to safety guidelines.

Specifics for Governor Hogan’s new Executive Order can be viewed here and the corresponding press release is here. Back to Business updates and best practices for Maryland’s companies reopening in correlation with the COVID-19 outbreak is available here as well as Best Practices for Performances and Theaters.

In taking this action, the county is following the lead of the state leadership as well as state and local health officials. As this situation evolves, the county will continue to evaluate and assess its operations and make changes as needed.

Meetings are available for viewing on the county meeting portal and the county YouTube channel. In addition, all meetings will be replayed on Comcast Channel 24.

Accurate COVID-19 information is vital to our community. For the most current and accurate information about the situation, please refer to the following:

Carroll County Health Department (CCHD):           https://cchd.maryland.gov/covid-19/

Maryland Department of Health (MDH):     https://health.maryland.gov/pages/home.aspx

Centers for Disease Control (CDC):             https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Carroll County Government has developed a dedicated COVID-19 page with important links and updates:  https://www.carrollcountymd.gov/residents/county-spotlight/covid-19-information/.

Anyone feeling ill should contact their health care professional. CCHD continues to operate a hotline, available 8 am – 5 pm at 410-876-4848, Monday-Friday. After hours, callers may leave a message or call 2-1-1. All emergencies should continue to call 9-1-1.