ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan held a press conference on Monday morning to address the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
At the press conference, Governor Hogan announced that he is issuing a Stay at Home Order that will go into effect at 8 p.m. on Monday.
No Maryland resident should be leaving their home, unless it is for an essential job or for an essential reason as of 8 p.m. on Monday.
Only essential businesses are allowed to remain open. Businesses are being directed to scale down operations and institute as much telework as possible.
Marylanders should not travel outside the state unless absolutely necessary. All Marylanders who have recently traveled outside the region should self-quarantine for 14 days.
o reinforce the severity of this order, the state will be issuing a wireless alert to the phones and mobile devices of all Marylanders.
According to the order, permitted activities include, “engaging in outdoor exercise activities, such as walking, hiking, running, or biking, but only in compliance with…applicable social distancing guidance published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Maryland Department of Health (MDH).”
The order also states that restaurants may remain open for carry-out, drive-thru, and/or delivery purposes. Fitness centers, malls, and movie theaters are ordered to remain closed.
Violating the order is punishable by one year in prison or a $5,000 fine.
The governor’s full stay at home order can be viewed below…