ANNAPOLIS, MD (AP) – Maryland restaurants will be able to stay open later at night next week. Gov. Larry Hogan announced that restaurants will not have to close by 10 p.m. beginning Monday. The governor says the state’s COVID-19 data trends show continued improvement. The statewide positivity rate has dropped by 34.7% – the lowest reported since Nov. 13. The statewide case rate has dropped by 37%. Hospitalizations have fallen by 16%. That includes a decrease of 11% in the past two weeks.