By Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2020

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is raising indoor dining capacity from 50% to 75% early next week.

Hogan made the announcement Friday to mark the start of Maryland’s first-ever Restaurant Week.

The higher capacity for indoor dining in restaurants will be effective Monday at 5 p.m.

The increase will only be allowed with appropriate distancing. Restaurants also will have to follow strict public health requirements consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration and the National Restaurant Association.

While local jurisdictions have observed individual restaurant weeks over the past decade, this is the first statewide observance.

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