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Charles County Commissioners Announce Move to Stage Two on June 5th

La Plata, MD - On Thursday, June 4, the Board of Commissioners held a special meeting to discuss moving into Stage Two of Maryland’s “Roadmap to Recovery.”  They voted unanimously to move forward with reopening non-essential businesses, including additional personal services, in accordance with Stage Two of Governor Hogan’s executive order that becomes effective at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 5. All businesses must comply with the Governor’s guidance and follow best practices, which are available online at open.maryland.gov/backtobusiness.

This decision authorizes the following non-essential businesses and activities to open beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 5:

• Manufacturing, construction, large and small retail shops, specialty vendors, wholesalers, and warehouses.

• Offices for information technology firms, legal offices, accounting, banking and financial institutions, design studios, advertising and architectural firms, and media production companies.

• Real estate offices, travel agencies, insurance agencies, and auto dealer showrooms.

A complete list of these non-essential businesses and activities is available online. Additionally:

• Personal services have expanded to include tattoo parlors, tanning salons, massage parlors, nail salons and related esthetic services. These services must operate at no more than 50 percent capacity and by appointment only.

Charles County Commissioners previously initiated the County’s initial move to Stage One, which allowed certain retail businesses, houses of worship, and hair salons and barbershops to reopen at no more than 50 percent capacity beginning on Friday, May 29.

Before making these decisions, Commissioners received briefings to gather data and other relevant information from County Attorney Wes Adams; Dr. Howard Haft, who is county’s response to COVID-19 for the Charles County Health Department; Director of the Department of Emergency Services Michelle Lilly; and Chair of the Charles County Chamber of Commerce Tom Blandford. After considering the feedback, legal advice, and additional information from public health experts, they decided to move forward with the decision to move into Stage Two.

“Charles County’s decision to safely move into Stage Two relies upon each of us to continue wearing facemasks, social distancing, and following all federal and state guidance to protect the public’s health,” stated Commissioner President Reuben B. Collins, II, Esq. “I remind all citizens that the safest place is still at home – especially if you are older or have underlying health conditions that could make you more vulnerable to contracting COVID-19. Please exercise caution and make the best decision for you and your family.”

For the latest updates on the Coronavirus, including how to protect yourself and what to do if you suspect you are infected, visit www.CharlesCountyMD.gov. Re-opening guidance for public spaces, workplaces, and businesses is available at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov.

Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD:  800-735-2258.

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