Here are some of the most significant recent developments as the region responds to the pandemic of the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease covid-19:
• Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday he will lift the stay-at-home order that has shuttered most businesses and churches for nearly seven weeks. Beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, some small shops and all religious organizations will be allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity provided proper social distancing restrictions are followed — and local governments also say it is safe. Several jurisdictions, including Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, plan to keep restrictions in place.
• D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) extended the city’s stay-at-home order, mass gathering ban and closure of nonessential businesses through June 8, saying infections have not declined enough to start reopening the capital. The social distancing measures were set to expire Friday. New cases have started to decline over the past several days, but officials want to see a sustained decrease over two weeks before starting to reopen.
• Maryland, the District and Virginia added 1,796 new coronavirus cases Wednesday and 103 deaths, officials said. The District added 14 new deaths, the most since May 8, when 19 fatalities were recorded.
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