Most coronavirus pandemic restrictions in Prince George’s County will be lifted as of 5 p.m. Monday, county officials say.

County Executive Angela Alsobrooks said the county’s indoor mask mandate will stay in place, however, WTOP reported. The mask mandate covers all indoor venues in addition to crowded outdoor venues such as concert venues and professional sporting events.

The rest of the lifted restrictions came as a result of declining cases and hospitalizations in the county. All indoor and outdoor venues can resume regular operations, including the end of capacity restrictions on restaurants and other businesses.

The restrictions lift comes as the county’s positivity rate drops from 4% to 3% and the average daily case rate per 100,000 residents has fallen as more residents are being inoculated. COVID-19 hospitalizations have fallen more than 50% over the past month, county officials said.

Nearly 360,000 residents — or roughly 40% of the county population — have received at least one dose of a vaccine as of Sunday, according to state health department data.

County health officials said the mask mandate will remain until health metrics improve. Maryland’s mask mandate still remains for people taking public transportation and private businesses can still require customers and employees to wear masks, WTOP reported.

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