Friday, November 6, 2020
Tyler Waldman, WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5
Amid a spike in cases of the coronavirus, Baltimore is snapping back restrictions on gatherings and establishments.
By order of Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, public or private gatherings of more than 10 people will be disallowed. Establishments ranging from houses of worship to stores to gyms to restaurants will be capped at 25% of fire code occupancy. The new order is effective at 5 p.m. next Thursday, Nov. 12.
Bars not licensed for food service will be forced to close. Establishments that offer indoor dining must shut down at 10 p.m.
New: @mayorbcyoung imposing new Coronavirus restrictions:
25% capacity on retail, churches, personal services
Gatherings indoor/outdoor limited to 10 people
Restaurants must close at 10pm
Bars with no food service not permitted to open
— Jayne Miller (@jemillerwbal) November 6, 2020
“The coronavirus pandemic hasn’t gone anywhere and we need all residents and visitors to act accordingly,” Young said. “If we want to stop the surge of cases before the holidays, we have to stop the surge of cases now.”
Young highlighted state-backed grants to be made available to restaurants and other businesses starting next week.
It is not clear what the new order means for the Ravens’ ability to host a limited number of fans at M&T Bank Stadium. Young did not specifically address sporting venues in his remarks at City Hall.
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Sergio Vitale, chef-owner of Aldo’s in Little Italy, said he expected the mayor to take action but said he worried it could mean a death knell for smaller restaurants and establishments near the Baltimore County line.
“We would have preferred a more uniform approach, not as disjointed to these things,” Vitale said. “We’re seeing the end of our runway and it’s terrifying and the difference between 50 and 25% will probably make a big difference for many of us.”
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Vitale called on Congress to provide a new aid package for restaurants.
He said that if the restrictions persist into December, his restaurant will have to adjust to preserve some of the revenue from what is typically one of the busiest months of the year at Aldo’s
“We don’t know what that model’s going to look like this year,” Vitale said. “We certainly will try to prepare for it by offering catering options.”
Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa updated the city’s mask order to require Baltimoreans to wear a mask whenever out in public. The previous order only mandated face coverings indoors and outdoors only when physical distancing was not possible. The health order is effective immediately.
She called the city’s latest measures an “amended phase one” response.
“It’s critical that all residents do their part,” Dzirasa said. “If you are in a public space inside or outside, you should be wearing a face covering over your nose and mouth period.”