Governor Hogan Announces New Measures to Protect Maryanders During Coronavirus Pandemic

Restaurants, bars, movie theaters and gyms in Maryland will be closed as of 5 pm today, per executive order from Governor Larry Hogan. Drive-through, carry out and delivery service will continue.

Religious, sports, social, community, recreational gatherings or events of more than 50 people in close proximity at all locations/venues/establishment will be prohibited.

Essential services such as gas stations, food delivery, banks, drug stores and grocery stores will remain open.

250 Maryland State Police troopers activated.

Maryland Department of Health directed, by executive order, to conduct an assessment to open closed hospital facilities across the state and to take other measures necessary to immediately increase our capacity by an additional 6,000 beds in order to meet the demand of the spread of #coronavirus #COVID19.

The Maryland Medical Reserve Corps has been activated – a force of 5,000 trained medical volunteers ready to assist in a medical emergency. Any practitioner who holds a valid, out of state license or expired Maryland state license will be able to practice in Maryland during the state of emergency.

The Maryland Department of Health has been directed to establish and implement appropriate policies and procedures for receiving, stockpiling and distributing all assets received by the State of Maryland from the strategic national stockpile.

1000 Maryland Army and Air National Guard members activated, including medical companies. 1,200 Maryland Guard members on enhanced readiness, fully ready for activation.

Utilities (electric, gas, water, sewer, phone, cable TV and internet service providers) are prohibited from shutting off any residential customers or charging residential customers late fees.

By executive order, no tenant can be evicted during the state of emergency.

Superintendent of Schools applied for a federal waiver – beginning today the state has the ability to provide three meals a day and a snack to children that need it during the school closure period. 138 centers are currently operating for distribution across the state.

Nine of the Maryland passengers who were aboard the Grand Princess and who were transported to a military base in Georgia, will be arriving back home to Maryland this evening and will be in the care of the Maryland National Guard.

The full press conference can be seen below –

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