More states are moving to significantly reopen their economies and terminate their mask mandates despite pleas from top U.S. officials to tread carefully until more Americans are vaccinated against Covid-19.

On Tuesday, Maryland became the latest state to largely restart its economy when Gov. Larry Hogan announced that restaurants, retailers and other businesses will be allowed to reopen without capacity restrictions beginning Friday.

Governors in Texas, Maryland, Mississippi, Connecticut, Arizona, West Virginia and Wyoming have announced similar plans in recent days as the pace of inoculations accelerates and Covid-19 cases and deaths recede.

Some states are taking easing restrictions more gradually. New Jersey and New York jointly announced Wednesday that restaurants in New York City will be allowed to reopen at half capacity, up from just 35%, beginning March 19.

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