The Maryland Department of Health on Monday reported there have been 167,656 confirmed cases of the coronavirus since March. Cases have been increasing steadily since early November, and the state set a new high with 2,321 cases reported Saturday.
The team prohibited fans for the start of the season because of the pandemic but allowed roughly 3,000 to attend its Nov. 8 loss against the New York Giants. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) had issued an order shortly before that game that allowed for up to 10 percent capacity at outdoor sporting venues.
But in the wake of a recent spike in cases, Hogan announced more stringent policies for public gatherings in an effort to limit the outbreak.
“As we continue to see widespread community transmission, it’s more critical than ever that Marylanders increase their vigilance and follow the public health guidance,” Hogan tweeted Monday. “We need to get back to basics: wear a mask, wash your hands, avoid gatherings, and practice physical distancing.”