September 2, 2020

Governor’s Briefing on COVID-19: September 1, 2020

September 1, 2020 – Governor Hogan Press Conference

 Maryland is entering into Stage 3 of the state’s reopening plan.

 School Reopening

  • The governor commends the Maryland State Board of Education for voting to require school systems that haven’t developed a plan for returning to in-person instruction until 2021 to reevaluate their reopening plans by the end of the first quarter.
  • Every county school system was reauthorized to safely reopen, but the legal authority and final decision making ultimately rests with county boards of education.
  • Less than 48 hours after the State Board of Education met to review the plans submitted by local school systems, the state announced a new set of statewide metrics.
  • Two-thirds of county school systems have already developed and submitted plans that include returning children to schools for some form of in-person instruction this Fall.


  • Maryland State Board of Elections finally mailed the applications for voting by mail.
  • Strongly encouraging Marylanders to take advantage of voting by mail.
  • The state has helped drive more than 11,000 Marylanders to sign up to be election judges.


  • Maryland’s positivity rate has been under 5% for 68 consecutive days, and under 4% for 24 consecutive days.
  • Fifteen of 24 jurisdictions have positivity rates below 3.5%.
  • Hospitalizations are down more than 77% from their peak.
  • The state has seen a nearly 30% decline in ICU levels since July 25.

 Theaters, Outdoor Venues, Retail & Churches

  • As of 5 p.m. Friday, indoor theaters where live performances occur or motion pictures are shown may open to the general public at 50% capacity, or 100 people per auditorium.
  • Outdoor venues where live performances occur or motion pictures are shown outdoors may open to the general public at 50% capacity, or 250 people.
  • Capacity for retail establishments and religious facilities may increase from 50% to 75%.

 Contact Tracing

  • In collaboration with Apple and Google, Maryland will be one of the first states to deploy a new exposure notification tool to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • Exposure Notifications Express is designed to help public health officials more quickly and easily provide notifications for their residents about potential COVID-19 exposure and guide them on recommended actions. This new technology will be optional for users.


2024 Legislative Session Preview

The Moore administration and the Maryland General Assembly are facing some tough decisions on the budget, juvenile justice, education reform, and the environment.

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