ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he is allowing elective medical procedures and easing some restrictions on outdoor activities that have been in place due to the coronavirus. Hogan said Wednesday that golf, tennis, boating, fishing and camping will be allowed starting at 7 a.m. Thursday. Hogan says Maryland is getting closer to implementing the first stage of Maryland's reopening plan to allow small businesses that have been closed to open. He says if a leveling off of hospitalizations and intensive care cases continue into next week, the state will be able to lift a stay-at-home order and begin stage one of the recovery plan.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says some parts of the state may keep coronavirus-related restrictions in place longer than the rest of the state. The governor said Wednesday that areas of the state hard hit by the virus, like northern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, may extend bans on certain business openings and public gatherings that are expected to expire May 15. He added that he’s been in regular contact with Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser about how and when to reopen areas in and around the nation’s capital.