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Maryland Comtproller Peter Franchot has called for a partial reopening of restaurants as the state begins easing restrictions that have resulted from the coronavirus pandemic.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s most popular beach destination is set to reopen its shore this weekend after being closed for more than a month to protect against the spread of the coronavirus. News outlets report that Ocean City officials decided Monday to allow beaches and the boardwalk to open Saturday. City Council Secretary Mary Knight has suggested the city will allow visitors from out-of-town to spend the day at its beaches in addition to local residents. But a spokesman for the governor confirmed that day-trippers would go against the statewide stay-at-home order.

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May 1, 2020

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland is reporting more than 37,000 unemployment claims filed for last week. The numbers reported Thursday marked the third straight week the numbers have declined from more than 109,000 the week of April 4. There have been more than 385,000 claims filed in the last six weeks. That's an unprecedented surge in a state where businesses have been shuttered for weeks in response to the coronavirus. The number of cases has bedeviled the state labor department's unemployment website. Gov. Larry Hogan acknowledged the “serious problems” with a new website on Wednesday.

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If you’re going to go surf fishing in Delaware there are some new parking restrictions.

The vehicles will not have to park single-file instead of side-by-side.

WBOC reports that Delaware officials hope that this will keep out the people who are not surf fishing.

There have been complaints from fishermen of overcrowding.

The number of surf fishing tags has jumped by 30 percent over the last half decade.

It is expected to hit 15-thousand by the end of this year.