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Maryland, Virginia Lift Restrictions Friday; DC Area Stays Largely Shut Down

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Phase one reopening starts Friday in most parts of Maryland and Virginia, but counties in the D.C. area largely will remain shut down as leaders say the coronavirus is still hitting the region too hard.

A gradual lifting of restrictions took effect in Virginia at midnight Friday. Changes will take effect in Maryland at 5 p.m. Arlington, Fairfax, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties — among many others — opted to keep restrictions in place. Scroll to see what, if anything, changes in your area. 

As a state, Maryland lifted its stay-at-home order and stores can reopen at 50% capacity. Houses of worship can hold services at 50% capacity but outdoor services are strongly recommended. Barber shops and hair salons can reopen at 50% capacity, by appointment only. Restaurants still can only offer takeout or delivery service. 

In St. Mary’s County, some businesses are ready to open. Fleet Street Barbershop in Lexington Park will reopen Saturday. The owner had hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes ready on Friday. She was booked for appointments all day within about an hour. 

Non-essential businesses like small bookstores will be able to apply for waivers to offer curbside pickup as D.C. works towards reopening. News4's Meagan Fitzgerald reports.

In Charles County, leaders decided late Thursday that it was too soon to open. The county will keep the stay-at-home order in place for another two weeks.

As a state, Virginia allowed restaurants to allow outdoor seating at 50% capacity. Stores can reopen at 50% capacity, and places of worship can hold services at 50% capacity, with drive-in and online services encouraged. 

In the Maryland and Virginia suburbs of D.C., leaders said data on virus cases and deaths suggested it was still too early to reopen the economies.

Here’s what to know about the rules in the capital area. 

The previous restrictions remain in these areas of Northern Virginia: Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties; the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park; and the towns of Dumfries, Herndon, Leesburg and Vienna

Restaurant service in Northern Virginia is still limited to takeout and delivery. Theaters, gyms and salons are closed. Essential businesses including grocery stores and pharmacies can remain open.

News4's Cory Smith reports on how some parts of Maryland are beginning to open their doors while others are keeping them shut amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Here's what will go into effect in Maryland.

Anne Arundel County will start a "modified phase one" at 5 p.m. Friday. Retail businesses are limited to curbside pickup. Salons and barber shops open by appointment only. No houses of worship can open.

Calvert County will follow state guidelines. The stay-at-home order will lift. A state of emergency is still in effect, but officials will let businesses follow Maryland's rules about reopening.

Charles County won't ease restrictions and won’t go into phase one until Friday, May 29. That means the stay-at-home order and closures remain in effect.

Frederick County says its stay-at-home order has been extended with exceptions. It will allow curbside pickup at all businesses. Retailers over 10,000 feet can open with social distancing rules. Animal adoption facilities, car washes and pet grooming facilities can open, but hair salons, barber shops and houses of worships will have to wait until Friday, May 29. Here's the full order.

Howard County has not extended the stay-at-home order but has special restrictions. Retail businesses are limited to curbside pickup. In-person religious gatherings may resume with 10 people or fewer. Salons and barbershops can serve one person at a time. Many county-run outdoor recreation sites are closed. Read more here.

Montgomery County has extended the stay-at-home order, and nonessential businesses and churches are to remain closed. Restaurants can offer food for takeout and delivery only. These restrictions will remain in place until conditions improve, leaders say.

Prince George's County has extended its stay-at-home order through June 1. Nonessential businesses and churches must remain closed. Restaurants can offer food for takeout and delivery only.

Warrenton is relaxing its zoning ordinances to allow more restaurants to serve customers outdoors, which is allowed under phase one of reopening. News4's Drew Wilder reports.

St. Mary's County says it will follow state guidelines and begin reopening at 5 p.m. Friday. 

Here’s where we are Friday in the fight against coronavirus in the D.C. area, and how the virus has changed our lives. 

More than 71,000 cases of the virus have been diagnosed in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. At least 3,104 people have died. Go here to dig through the data

Starting Saturday, D.C. will require face masks to be worn in all essential businesses, on public transit and in ride share vehicles. Starting Monday, masks will be required in the entire Metro system, including on Metro trains, on Metro buses and in Metro stations. 

D.C. residents were left confused after Mayor Muriel Bowser released new face covering requirements for the city. News4's Mark Segraves has the details on the new mandates.

A Fauquier County dairy farm that saw business plummet after Virginia schools closed will have $15,000 worth of milk go to a local food bank

“[It’s] just wonderful to know that many hungry children will have the fulfilling nutrients that they need, and the satisfaction that their stomachs are full now,” the farmer said. 

After a Fauquier County dairy farm began feeling the financial effects of the coronavirus, a community member stepped in to help raise money and connect them to a local food bank. News4's Drew Wilder has the story.

D.C.’s mayor is set to address the public at 11 a.m. Virginia’s governor is set to speak at 2 p.m. You can watch live in the NBCWashington app or on NBCWashington.com. 

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