Senator Mary Beth Carozza today thanked Governor Larry Hogan for lifting the order that required restaurants, bars, and food service venues to close at 10:00 p.m. on Monday, February 1, 2021. This restriction had been in place since November 20, 2020.

“This much-needed relief for our small businesses will go a long way in helping them stay open for the long haul,” Senator Carozza said, noting that she frequently participates in meetings hosted by restaurant and small business industry stakeholders and personally appealed to the Hogan Administration to lift this restriction.

The decision to lift this restriction came from a decline in statewide COVID-19 cases, the positivity rate, and hospitalizations. The statewide positivity rate has dropped by 34.7 percent and is the lowest reported since November 13, 2020. The State of Maryland has also provided $80 million in economic relief for restaurants through local jurisdictions that enables them to stay open and operate in a safe manner.

“I will continue to give it my all when it comes to supporting our Shore job creators as we work towards a full reopening and recovery,” said Sen. Carozza.

Mary Beth Carozza for State Senate